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Matt Glessner

Northern Ag Expo returns to Fargodome Nov. 27-28

It's been a tumultuous year for Upper Midwest agriculture, with tariffs, weeds, weather, marketing and more demanding the attention of agriculturalists.

The 2018 Northern Ag Expo, set for Nov. 27-28 at the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D., will help people in ag deal with at least some of that, said one of the event's organizers.

"We've put together a show that we really think is going to be helpful," said Gary Knutson, executive director of the North Dakota Agricultural Association. The annual show is run by the group, whose members include fertilizer, seed and crop protection products, as well as related equipment and services.

The free show opens at 8:30 a.m. both days and closes at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 27 and 3:30 p.m. Nov. 28.

Seminar speakers and guests will visit, and give demonstrations on the trade show floor at noon on both days, Knutson said.

Uncooperative weather has delayed late-season harvest in much of North Dakota and western Minnesota, which potentially could cut into attendance at the ag expo, Knutson said. But he was optimistic farmers will have made enough harvest progress that they'll attend.

Among the highlights of the show:

Nov. 27

• 9:30 a.m., Room 201 and 202: "Thinking More Wheat-World Trade Successes," presented by Neal Fisher of the North Dakota Wheat Commission, Dan Wogsland of the North Dakota Grain Growers and Brad Thykeson of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency.

"There's a lot of interest in growing more wheat (in 2019)," which this seminar will address, Knutson said.

• 11 a.m., Room 201 and 202: "Dicamba Issues and Technology Issues," presented by Jason Davis, application technologist at the University of Arkansas.

Nov. 28

• 9:30 a.m., Room 203: "Short-term Storage/Handling of '19 Soybeans-Several Options," presented by Ken Hellevang of North Dakota State University, Chris Housh of Gateway Building Systems and Jeff Hildebrandt of Winkler Buildings.

• 2 p.m., Room 203: "Palmer Amaranth Invasive Weed Alert," presented by Brian Jenks of North Dakota State University.

"This (Palmer) is a bad one, and it's been found in North Dakota," Knutson said.

Matt Glessner, vice president of the North Dakota Agricultural Association and general manager for Nutrien Ag Solutions, heads up this year's Northern Ag Expo, Knutson said.

See the ag expo agenda here.