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          Phone:  402-762-4570

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 SCAL sign. We are located 0.5 mile south of Hwy 6.  Total travel time:  105 minutes.

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    Aerial image of the South Central Ag Lab.
    Courtesy of Google Maps.
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    South Central Ag Lab entrance from Highway 6.
    Photo by Dr. Richard Ferguson
Research Expertise:
Approximately 100+ applied field research trials are conducted at SCAL 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, and crop variety testing.  In addition, many UNL master's and doctoral graduate students actively 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, and sorghum.
Irrigated acreage classified as:
  • lateral-move pivot:  440 acres
  • sub-surface drip:  47 acres
  • center pivot:  41 acres
  • furrow:  2 acres
Administration and Staff:
Associate Research and Extension Director:  Dr. John Westra
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
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

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