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Soil is visible on the hilltops on some central North Dakota farms, while deep snow drifts cover much of the ground after several March storms. Photo taken north of Medina, N.D., on March 18, 2019. (Jenny Schlecht/Agweek)

Central Dakota Ag Day set for Dec. 5

Farmers and ranchers in central North Dakota raise many different crops and kinds of livestock. As a result, the Central Dakota Ag Day will offer information on a wide range of agricultural topics.

The annual farm show is set for 9 a.m. to 3:30 pm., Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Carrington (N.D.) Research Extension Center. About 100 people typically attend the event, which began in 2014.

It's sponsored and organized by North Dakota State University extension agents in Foster, Eddy, Wells, Sheridan and Stutsman counties, as well as research center staff.

Presenters will come from Extension, North Dakota Department of Agriculture, AgCountry Farm Credit Services and private businesses.

Most of the program consists of half-hour sessions beginning at 9:30 a.m. Each 30-minute segment offers three options.

At 1 p.m., for instance, the options are: a session on Palmer amaranth by Joe Isley, Extension weed specialist; a session on comparing farm budgets by Joel Lemer, adult farm management instructor; and a presentation on selling meat off the farm by Cody Krefeld of the North Dakota Department of Agriculture.

Other topics include farmer group purchases, intercropping cash crops and feeding poor-quality wheat and light corn — the last a particular concern after a long, wet and often-delayed harvest.

Lunch will be provided.

More information: Alicia Harstad at the NDSU Extension office in Stutsman County at 701-252-9030 or alicia.harstad@ndsu.edu.

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