South Central Agricultural Laboratory

The development and refinement of irrigated crop production practices for Nebraska agriculture and beyond.

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.
  • Applied research in production agriculture at SCAL focuses on irrigation and water management, soil fertility, entomology, weed science, cropping systems, disease management, and crop variety testing.
  • Numerous UNL master's and doctoral graduate students also actively engage in research projects at SCAL each year.
  • Research trials are conducted utilizing lateral-move pivot irrigation, center pivot irrigation and sub-surface drip irrigation technologies.
  • Vast majority of acreage is planted to corn and soybean, with a few acres of dryland wheat.

Farm Address: 851 Highway 6, Harvard, NE 68944
GPS Coordinates: 40.575256, -98.137824
Phone: 402-762-4570

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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
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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