North Dakota State University Extension field days scheduled for this month

Field days give producers and others an opportunity to learn about the latest research, techniques and technologies in crop and livestock production, as well as other topics, such as northern-hardy fruits and berries, and weed, pest and disease control.

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North Dakota State University plant pathologist Michael Wunsch speaks to visitors about plant pathology projects during the Carrington Research Extension Center's 2019 field day. NDSU photo
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North Dakota State University’s Research Extension Centers and the Agronomy Seed Farm will hold in-person field days this year.

Field days give producers and others an opportunity to learn about the latest research, techniques and technologies in crop and livestock production, as well as other topics, such as northern-hardy fruits and berries, and weed, pest and disease control.

The dates, locations, topics for this year’s field days and contacts for more information are as follows:

July 13: Hettinger Research Extension Center, 5-7 p.m. Mountain time, followed by supper. Topics will include weed issues and control, small-grain diseases and varieties, hemp and other emerging markets. Contact John Rickertsen, 701-567-4323, , for more information.

July 14: Dickinson Research Extension Center, 8 a.m. Mountain time. Topics will include agronomy and soil projects, current and emerging markets, soil sampling, combine cleanout, resistance and issues of concern in broadleaf crops, biological benchmark testing and more. Contact Ryan Buetow, 701-456-1100, , for more information.


July 14-15: Williston Research Extension Center. July 14 is the dryland tour, from 3-7 p.m., with a ribbon cutting for a seed cleaning facility at 7 p.m. Topics include root rot in peas, weeds, soils, livestock, using drones in variety selection, soybean research and varieties update. July 15 is the irrigated tour at Nesson Research and Development Farm, 23 miles east of Williston on North Dakota Highway 1804, from 9 a.m. to noon. Topics there include irrigated canola management, soybean planting and varieties, soybean irrigation, irrigated cover crop mixes and foundation seed increase. Contact Violeta Hobbs, 701-774-4315, , for more information.

July 19: Agronomy Seed Farm Casselton, 5 p.m. Topics will include soybean varieties and research, soil loss, new soybean fertility recommendations and salinity, small-grain disease issues, broadleaf crop disease update, soybean cyst nematodes, unmanned aircraft systems to plant cover crop seeds, hard red spring wheat and insect pest updates, and soybean gall midge. Contact Brian Otteson, 701-347-4743, , for more information.

July 20: Carrington Research Extension Center, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Beef production tour begins at 9:30 a.m. Topics include drought and dry lot, whether to sell cows in a drought, early weaning, feeding alternative grains, Dakota Feeder Calf Show update, managing manure during drought, feed regulations, alternative and less expensive feeds for cattle, annual forages for grazing or feeding a cow herd and keys to establishing grass on saline soils. Contact Karl Hoppe, 701-652-2951, , for more information.

Agronomy tours go from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Topics include spring wheat production, corn status and late-season production recommendations, updates on soybeans, dry beans, canola and flax, research on canola plant nutrition, dry bean production and fungicide spray droplet size for white mold suppression, research on unmanned aerial vehicles and pesticide application with UAV and robotic rock picking, noxious weed update, low pH soil management, dry bean white mold disease and pulse crop disease management. Contact Greg Endres, 701-652-2951, , for more information.

Organic/sustainable agriculture tour runs from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Topics include NDSU pulse breeding and organic research, nitrogen-fixing corn, ancient grains, buckwheat, weed management in organic production, wheat and flax intercropping. Contact: Steve Zwinger, 701-652-2951, , for more information.

Northern hardy fruit review lasts from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Topics include orchard tour of aronia, Juneberry, currants, haskaps, honeyberry, grapes, cherries, plums, pears and apples. Contact Kathy Wiederholt, 701-652-2951, , for more information.

July 21: North Central Research Extension Center, Minot, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for new seed conditioning facility will be held, with lunch at noon. Topics include pest clinic, weed control, pulse crops breeding, acid soil management, canola/flea beetle, early season crop demo, and Terra Clean (drone rock picking) demo. Contact Shana Forster, 701-857-7679 , , for more information.

July 22: Langdon Research Extension Center, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Topics include planting suitable covers on saline and sodic areas, breeding reports on soybeans, hard red spring wheat and peas, small-grain disease updates, canola, insects, soybean and dry bean row spacing and population, and weed update for crops in northeastern North Dakota. Contact: Randy Mehlhoff, 701-256-2582, , for more information.


July 27: Central Grasslands Research Extension Center, Streeter. Livestock, forages and cover crop tour 10 a.m. to noon. Topics include cereal forage, warm-season forage and corn silage varietal trials, oat variety trial for hay, cover crop and winter cereal grazing and haying study, putting weight on cows by winter grazing crop residues for less than 15 cents per day, enhancing forage production and grazing efficiency using rotational grazing, and fetal programming of beef cattle, with lunch at noon.

Pollinator, monarch butterfly and bird research tour 1-3 p.m. Topics include impacts of patch burn grazing on pollinator habitat, upland bird habitat, rangeland plant communities invaded with Kentucky bluegrass, monarch butterfly recruitment and habitat, and forage quality and mineral status, impacts of Kentucky bluegrass thatch layer on the plant community and drought management and grazing management strategies to create drought resiliency. Contact Kevin Sedivec, 701-799-4689, , for more information.

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