NDSU Agriculture Communication
Energy development impacts are farther reaching than the well site, pipeline or wind turbine, impacting landowners, wildlife populations and plant communities. The sixth annual North Dakota Reclamation Conference, “Reclamation: Unique Perspectives,” will provide insight on the importance of successful reclamation to wildlife and plant communities. It will be held Feb. 20-21 at the Astoria Hotel and Events Center in Dickinson.
The drought North Dakota experienced in 2017 could continue into 2018, according to Adnan Akyuz, state climatologist and professor of climatological practice at North Dakota State University. That may be the case, even though the Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a greater chance for wetter and colder than normal weather in February and March, he says.
Farm and ranch families and the professionals who support them will learn more about the current farm economy, farm management options, and ways to deal with farm and family stress at the Life Beyond Breaking Even: Farm Economic Summit set for Jan. 29-30 in Bismarck.
FARGO, N.D. — Many North Dakota ranchers are faced with a continual lice infestation in their herd this winter, even though they have treated their cattle. “Some have even treated more than once and are still seeing the effects of lice in their livestock,” says Ashley Ueckert, a North Dakota State University Extension Service agent in Golden Valley County. Unfortunately, lice populations are much more difficult to control than they were 10 years ago, according to Gerald Stokka, NDSU Extension veterinarian.
ASHLEY, N.D. — Women have an opportunity to learn how to become better business partners in their farm or ranch operation during Annie's Project, a six-week program that will be held throughout North Dakota in 2017. “Annie’s Project brings women together to learn from experts in production, financial management, human resources, marketing and the legal field,” says Crystal Schaunaman, a North Dakota State University Extension Service agent in McIntosh County and the Annie’s Project coordinator for North Dakota.
WASHBURN, N.D. — Fourteen- and 15-year-olds who plan to operate farm equipment for someone other than immediate family members must complete an approved tractor and machinery safety training program successfully. The North Dakota State University Extension Service is holding a tractor safety school from May 31 through June 2 that will meet this requirement. The school will be held at the North Dakota 4-H Camp near Washburn.
Morton County placed first in the senior division of the state 4-H livestock judging contest held recently at North Dakota State University in Fargo. The team members are Sara Jochim, Kelsie Schaff, Stetson Ellingson and Sierra Ellingson. The first-place finish earns this team the opportunity to participate in the Eastern National 4-H livestock judging contest held in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky., in November.
Farmers need to take care to acquire and plant high-quality seed in the upcoming season, advises Ken Bertsch, North Dakota's state seed commissioner. "Growers and seed suppliers are in the midst of preparations for planting season, including the conditioning, sale and delivery of seed," Bertsch says. "Given the current economic environment in agriculture, the natural tendency is to save money on each acre planted. We always maintain that seed is the one input in which you can't afford mistakes, including the purchase of cheap or low-quality products."
A nationwide rain and snow reporting network is looking for volunteers in North Dakota to become part of the state's climatological history, says Adnan Akyuz, state climatologist and professor of climatological practices at North Dakota State University. These observers will measure rainfall, snowfall and snow depth as part of the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow (CoCoRaHS) Network. Some observers also measure the water equivalent of the snow after it melts.
The 66th Flax Institute will take place on March 31 and April 1 at the Holiday Inn in Fargo. The aim of the Flax Institute is to bring together national and international researchers with an interest in flax to share and learn about flax research, says Hans Kandel, North Dakota State University Extension agronomist and president of the Flax Institute. NDSU has led the organization of the biennial Flax Institute.