Making A Difference
Impact Summary Reports
- 2012 - Year in Review
- Beef Systems
- Learning Child
- Guardianship/Conservator Training Program
- Crops - Youth Programming
- Agricultural Economics
- Cropping Systems Productivity
- Food, Nutrition & Health
- Agriculture Water Management
- Animal Manure Management
- Water Climate Environment - Community
- Business Ventures and Innovation
- ECAP - Entrepreneurial Communities
- ESI and Beyond
- NACO Institute of Excellence
|West Central Research and Extension Center |
402 West State Farm Road
North Platte, NE 69101
Current rangeland management projects include: controlling downy brome in rangeland, grazing systems effects on Sandhills plant communities, and grazing systems effects on yearling performance and diet quality.
Current forage research projects conducted at WCREC include: Yield and Quality of Stockpiled Cool-Season Perennial Grasses, Forage Production under Different Irrigation Water Allocations, effect of nitrogen fertility and irrigation water allocation on cool-season grass yield and quality, and summer annual forage evaluation.
Irrigated pasture using either perennial or annual forages has been a topic of interest to many people. Establishing and Managing Irrigated Pasture provides details on this process. This presentation was given at several irrigated pasture workshops in 2006. Additional information on irrigated pasture can be found in University of Nebraska NebGuides located at: Range and Forage NebGuides
Extension Program Areas:
- Develop, implement and cooperate in range and forage management programming for both youth and adult clientele in the West Central district.
- Participate in and develop appropriate educational materials for youth range camp, range judging contest, range workshops, beef cattle production meetings, and individual consultation.
- Develop and publish educational materials based on research results to support the extension mission.
Research Areas of Interest:
- Conduct grazing management and systems research at the Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory and other locations.
- Specific interests and projects include livestock and plant responses to management practices on upland range and subirrigated meadow vegetation types.
- Volesky, J. D., Anderson, B. E., & Stockton, M. C. (2008). Species and stockpile initiation date effects on yield and nutritive value of irrigated cool-season perennial grasses. Agronomy Journal. 100:931-937.
- Volesky, J. D., & Anderson, B. E. (2007). Defoliation effects on production and nutritive value of four irrigated cool-season perennial grasses. Agronomy Journal. 99:494-500.
- Volesky, J. D., Schacht, W. H., Reece, P. E., & Vaughn, T. J. (2007). Diet composition of cattle grazing sandhills range during spring. Rangeland Ecolology and Management. 60:65-70.
- Reece, P. E., Morris, J. W., Schacht, W. H., Koehler, A.E., Volesky, J. D., & Moser, L. E.. (2007). Prairie sandreed response to preceding-year defoliation and precipitation regime. Great Plains Research. 17:215-224.
- Volesky, J. D., & Anderson, B. E. (2007). Nebraska (2005 – 2006) Orchardgrass Variety Trial Results - North Platte.Forage and Grazinglands.
- Volesky, J. D., & Anderson, B. E. (2007). Nebraska (2005 – 2006) Cool-season Grass Variety Trial Results - North Platte.Forage and Grazinglands.
- Smart, A. J., Schacht, W. H., Volesky, J. D., & Moser, L. E. (2006). Seasonal changes in dry matter partitioning, yield, and crude protein of intermediate wheatgrass and smooth bromegrass. Agronomy Journal. 98:986-991.
- Volesky, J. D., Schacht, W. H., Reece, P. E., & Vaughn, T. J. (2005). Spring growth and use of cool-season graminoids in the Nebraska Sandhills. Rangeland Ecology and Management. 58:385-392.
- Volesky, J. D., Schacht, W. H., & Richardson, D. M. (2004). Stocking rate and grazing frequency effects on sandhills meadows. Journal of Range Management. 57:553-560.
- Volesky, J. D., Adams, D. C., & Clark, R. T. (2002). Windrow grazing and baled-hay feeding strategies for wintering calves. Journal of Range Management 55:23-32.
Grant Projects and Activities:
- Defoliation Effects on Root Growth of Wet Meadow Forage Species.
- Society for Range Management
- American Forage and Grassland Council
- Ph.D., Animal/Range Science, South Dakota State University, 1986.
- M.S., Range Science, North Dakota State University, 1982.
- B.S., Biology, Dickinson State University, 1980.
- Associate Professor and Extension Range and Forage Specialist, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, (1995 – present).
- Research Scientist, USDA-ARS, Grazinglands Research Lab., El Reno, OK, (1988 – 1995).
- Research Associate, Montana State University and USDA-ARS Fort Keogh Livestock and Range Research Lab., Miles City, MT, (1986 – 1988).