West Central Research and Extension Center

Growers and industry represenatives gather at the kick-off gathering for the 2019 UNL-TAPS competitions

UNL-TAPS Participation Increasing in 2019

April 3, 2019
Over 100 participants in 49 teams will be competing in this year's UNL-TAPS competitions for irrigated corn, irrigated sorghum, and Subsurface Drip Irrigation (SDI). Based on program success in the first three years, Oklahoma State University has started OSU-TAPS.

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Corn fields being managed in June 2018 as part of the TAPS farm management competition at the West Central REC in North Platte.

UNL TAPS Wraps Up 2018, Looks Forward To 2019 Contests

January 28, 2019
Growers achieving top efficiency and profitability in corn and sorghum production as part of the UNL TAPS Farm Management Competition in 2018 have been announced. Sign up for the next competition, which will include a subsurface drip irrigation division, is in March.

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Corn earworm larva

What’s New in Entomology: West Central Nebraska

January 9, 2019
A survey of ongoing, new, and potential insect pest threats to crop production in west central Nebraska. This article is from the 2019 Crop Production Clinic Proceedings.

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Pipe-irrigated corn in west central Nebraska

Crop Production Roadshow to Tour West Central Nebraska in Mid-January

December 19, 2018
This free meeting series will focus on production issues and research updates specific to west-central Nebraska. Topics will include soil improvement, cover crops, nutrient management, weed identification, herbicide strategies, and crop marketing.

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Managing herbicide-resistant Palmer amaranth is just one of the topics on the Crop Production Roadshow coming to west central Nebraska starting Feb. 1.
Managing herbicide-resistant Palmer amaranth is just one of the topics on the Crop Production Roadshow coming to west central Nebraska starting Feb. 1.

Crop Production Roadshow in West Central Nebraska

January 19, 2018
Nebraska Extension will be hosting a Crop Production Roadshow in west central Nebraska starting February 1. The six meetings will feature brief updates on production issues and research topics targeted to the region.

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Market Journal

Market Journal: Marketing Key to Profitability in 2017 TAPS Contest

January 12, 2018
With the Testing Ag Performance Solutions Contest (TAPS) growers competed to see who could produce corn most profitably, efficiently, and with the highest yield. Learn what were the leading factors for success and what participants learned on this week's Market Journal.

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Recap of 2017 Western Nebraska Wheat Crop and Implications for 2018

August 31, 2017
Some growers in western Nebraska had their best winter wheat yields ever in 2017 while others had some of their lowest yields. Moisture availability and disease were among the factors. See breakdowns by area.

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Daran Rudnick speaking with irrigation specialists
Figure 1. Daran Rudnick, Nebraska Extension irrigation specialist at the West Central REC, shares details of the UNL-TAPS project with some tour participants earlier this summer.

West Cental REC Water and Crops Field Day Aug. 24

August 7, 2017
Learn from growers and researchers testing new ways to maintain or increase crop yields while saving water at the Water and Crops Field Day August 24 in North Platte. University researchers from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado as well as Nebraska will speak on water-efficient crop production.

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