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Published December 10 2010

Lake Region Extension Roundup set for Jan. 4-5

The 2011 Lake Region Extension Roundup will be Jan. 4-5 in Devils Lake, N.D.

The annual event, which the North Dakota State University Extension Service organizes, offers presentations on a wide range of agricultural production and family topics.

“This is a great opportunity to learn the latest updates in ag production, crop economics, livestock and horticulture,” says Bill Hodous, a Ramsey County Extension agent.

Both days start with breakfast at 8 a.m. General and concurrent sessions begin at 9:30. The general sessions are in the World War II Memorial Building.

Concurrent sessions will be in the Memorial Building’s basement, the Armory Room, and the Historical Room and meeting room in the adjoining Ramsey County Courthouse.

General session topics on Jan. 4 include reviews of 2010 canola and small-grain production and performance, world wheat trade issues, weed control, nitrogen recommendations, soybean row spacing, and wheat protein premiums and discounts.

Concurrent session topics that day include the economics of winter vs. spring wheat, marketing strategies, wheat protein, corn as food and fuel, managing moisture and salinity with cover crops, the 2011 spring wheat and durum outlook, production of hardy fruit in northern growing conditions, corn production research, estate planning (making a will), tree diseases, selecting trees for North Dakota and what caring adults should know about sexting.

Topics for the general sessions Jan. 5 include enhancing small-grain yields with fungicides, the canola market outlook, an update on black leg, the potential loss of fall-applied nutrients and grain marketing tools.

The concurrent session topics that day include conservation programs, dry beans, meeting a cow herd’s nutritional needs, land rent negotiation, salinity management, wheat streak mosaic, variable-rate technology, investing money, and new federal regulations on preventing and controlling fuel oil spills.

Attending the roundup is free of charge. No registration is necessary. For more information, contact your county Extension Service office or Hodous at (701) 662-7027 or bill.hodous@ndsu.edu.