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Attendees of the 2016 NDSU Extension Service Roundup walk the exhibitor floor while presentations take place at the gym in the Ramsey County Courthouse in Devils Lake, N.D., on Jan. 5, 2016. (Nick Nelson/Agweek)

Roundup returns: Devils Lake, N..D. farm show set

A North Central North Dakota tradition returns Jan. 9-10 to Devils Lake, N.D.

The 37th annual Roundup farm show, held again in the Memorial Building in downtown Devils Lake, is expected to draw more than 700 people. Speakers, primarily from the extension service, commodity groups and private companies, will address crops, weeds, livestock, marketing, crop insurance and many other subjects.

One of the the highlights will be presentations at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., Jan. 10 , by Jody Saathoff and Bill Nielsen on weed control challenges and troublesome weeds headed to the Devils Lake area.

Saathoff, an agronomist with CHS in Minden, Neb., and Nielson, a Minden farmer, met with a group of North Dakota and Minnesota agriculturalists in August in Nebraska. The group toured Nebraska to learn more about Palmer amaranth, a destructive weed that's well established there and steadily moving north.

"It's kind of cool that we visited them this summer in Nebraska, and now they're coming here," says Bill Hodous, North Dakota's Ramsey County extension service agent and a Roundup organizer.

Hodous also helped to organize, and was a member of, the August trip to Nebraska.

Other highlights include:

3 p.m. Jan. 9 — 2018 Weather Outlook, Daryl Ritchison, interim director of the North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network.

2:30 p.m. Jan. 10 — 2018 Marketing Opportunities, Randy Martinson, market analyst, Martinson Ag Risk Management.

All sessions are free and open to the public. Registration isn't required. Free breakfast and lunch will be offered both days. Continuing education credits are available for certified crop advisors.

The event is sponsored by the extension and crop improvement associations in six North Dakota counties.

"We're really looking to another Roundup. We just hope we don't get hit with a blizzard," Hodous said, adding that while blizzards have hurt attendance at the annual events, Roundup has never been cancelled.

Roundup attracts agriculturalists from much of North Dakota, as well as western Minnesota and southern Canada. Ag producers in that area raise many crops and types of livestock, and Roundup's diverse agenda reflects that.

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