South Central Agricultural Laboratory


The primary focus of the South Central Agricultural Laboratory is the development and refinement of irrigated crop production practices for Nebraska agriculture and beyond.

Farm Address:
851 Highway 6, Harvard, NE 68944


Directions from Lincoln, NE:  Travel ~70 miles west on I-80 to Exit 332; turn south on Hwy 14 and drive 16 miles south to Hwy 6.  Turn west on Hwy 6 and travel 7.5 miles west, then turn south at the South Central Agricultural Laboratory sign.  We are located 0.5 mile south of Hwy 6.  Total travel time:  105 minutes.

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Research Expertise:
Approximately 100+ applied field research trials are conducted at the South Central Ag Lab annually by University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty and United States Department of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Service scientists.  Trials are focused on irrigation and water management, soil fertility, entomology, weed science, cropping systems, disease management, crop variety testing, and organic systems.  In addition, many University of Nebraska-Lincoln master's and doctoral graduate students engage in research projects at SCAL each year.
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Research Capacity:
Total tillable acreage:  560 acres.  Irrigated acreage:  530 acres and dryland acreage:  30 acres.  Vast majority of acreage is planted to corn and soybean with a few acres of wheat, sorghum and certified organic crops.
Irrigated acreage classified as:
  • lateral-move pivot:  440 acres
  • sub-surface drip:  47 acres
  • center pivot:  41 acres
  • furrow:  2 acres
Administration and Staff:
Assistant Dean/Assistant Director:  Hector Santiago
Director of Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center:  Dr. Don Adams
Research Farm Manager:  Michael Schlick, 402-762-4570
Office Associate:  Sharon Hachtel, 402-762-3536
Advisory Board Chairman:  Patrick Ochsner, Local Producer
Terry DeVries:  Research Analyst, Entomology
Scott DeWald:  South Central Forester
Matthew Drudik:  Agricultural Research Technician III, Biosystems Engineering
Perry Ridgway:  Agricultural Research Technician II, Farm Operations
Irvin Schleufer:  Agricultural Research Technician III, Weed Science
Glen Slater:  Research Analyst, Soils
Caleb Wilford:  Agricultural Research Technician I

Employment Opportunities
  • Summer Employment:  contact Michael Schlick, Research Farm Manager, 402-762-4570
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