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Forum staff reports, Published March 16 2012

Ag calendar: Briefs from around the region

Learn backyard beekeeping at workshop in Medina

MEDINA, N.D. – Bees are more than honey. Acting as pollinators, bees are good for the garden as well. Learn about keeping your own hive at FARRMS Homestead Beekeeping workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 31 in Medina.

Workshop presenters Alex Jokela, Duluth, Minn., and David Podell, Fullerton, N.D., will provide information on management techniques without the use of harsh chemicals, types of equipment you will need, the cost of beginning a hive, how to handle stings, the ecological impact of bees on organics and much more.

The workshop is at 301 5th Ave. S.E. Tuition is $40. To register, call (701) 486-3569 or email info@farrms.org. Preregistration is encouraged at www.impactgive back.org/home under events.

The workshop is sponsored by FARRMS. For more information, visit wwww.farrms.org or email sbalcom@farrms.org.

Organic Initiative applications due March 30

BISMARCK – Applications for the Organic Initiative sponsored by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service are due March 30, according to a release from State Conservationist Mary Podoll.

Potential applicants should contact their local NRCS office to find out if they are eligible. The NRCS Office Locator is available at http://go.usa.gov/Uo8.

“The Organic Initiative offers a great way for NRCS to help organic farmers and ranchers implement conservation practices on their lands,” Podoll said in the release. “As organic production continues to grow in North Dakota, NRCS is looking to partner with eligible producers to help provide them with the tools they need to be successful organic farmers and ranchers.”

The Organic Initiative offers a variety of conservation practices specifically designed for organic production. “Practices will help the selected applicants meet many requirements of their USDA Organic System Plans and stay in compliance with USDA’s National Organic Program,” Podoll said.

The top five Organic Initiative conservation practices are cover crops, nutrient and pest management, seasonal high tunnels, crop rotation and fencing.

Learn more about the Organic Initiative at http://go.usa.gov/Uo9 and find out about other NRCS initiatives and programs at http://go.


Cover crop workshop set March 28 in Bismarck

Cover crops are the focus of a workshop the North Dakota State University Extension Service is co-sponsoring March 28 in Bismarck.

“Cover Crops: The Science Behind the Numbers” is scheduled from 9:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Burleigh County Extension office.

Workshop topics are beef production and annual forages, the agronomic and economic value of cover crops for late-season grazing in the central and eastern Dakotas, crop response after cover crops, soil fertility and cover crops, a report on the southwest North Dakota soil health demonstration project, challenges of growing cover crops in dryland farming systems in southwestern North Dakota, cover crop impact on corn productivity and soil health in no-till production, interseeding cover crops into corn, biostrip till at the conservation cropping systems project and an update on northwestern North Dakota cover crops.

Speakers include NDSU and South Dakota State University researchers, NDSU Extension specialists and Natural Resources Conservation Service and Soil Conservation District representatives.

Lunch will be provided.

The workshop is free of charge, but anyone wanting to attend should register by contacting Linda Schuster at the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center at (701) 652-2951 or linda.schuster


Pulse USA and Agassiz Seed also are sponsoring the workshop.

NDSU winter wheat webinar set for Thursday

Agronomists, winter wheat growers and those interested in winter wheat have an opportunity to hear the latest about winter wheat production during a free webinar starting at 9 a.m. on Thursday.

The webinar will focus on stand evaluation, fertility management, disease management and the wheat streak mosaic virus.

North Dakota State University is collaborating with Ducks Unlimited on the webinar.

To participate, log on to http://ndivnlc.wimba.com/ before the conference and run the setup wizard. About 15 minutes before the conference, participants can log onto the same site and click “Participant Login.” The room identification is NDSU_Ag. Once logged in, select “NDSU Crop Calls” to join the meeting.

For more information or help with online access, contact Scott Swanson at s.swanson@ndsu.edu or (701) 231-7086.

Barley Research featured at Carrington workshop

Barley research at North Dakota State University and the Carrington Research Extension Center will be highlighted during a workshop on Tuesday at the Carrington center.

The workshop will begin with registration at 9:30 a.m. The program starts at 10. Lunch and breaks will be served free of charge.

Featured will be a presentation about a new risk management tool by Joe Christianson, Cargill Malt global risk management specialist. Other topics and speakers are:

- Barley feed update: Vern Anderson, Carrington REC animal scientist.

- Disease review and management: Robert Brueggeman, NDSU barley pathologist.

- Production research review on weeds, fertility and rotations: Greg Endres, Carrington REC cropping specialist.

- New generation variety development in barley and small grains: Richard Horsley and Martin Hochhalter, NDSU barley breeding program.

- Barley quality in malting and brewing: Alberto Jimenez-Diaz, NDSU barley and malt quality project.

- Business of barley production: Steve Metzger, Carrington REC farm business management instructor and coordinator.

To preregister, contact Linda Schuster at (701) 652-2951 or linda.schuster@ndsu.edu or Karen Hertsgaard at (701) 231-5384 or karen.hertsgaard@ndsu.edu.

Northlands greenhouse workshop set Saturday

MEDINA, N.D. – Get down and dirty with season extension experts Chuck Waibel and Carol Ford at FARRMS Northlands Winter Greenhouse workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 17.

The hands-on workshop is at the Karl Limvere Memorial Classroom at FARRMS, 301 5th Ave. S.E. in Medina. Tuition is $50 and includes a copy of the book. Preregistration is encouraged at www.impactgive back.org/home under events.

For more information, call (701) 486-3569 and leave a message or (701) 527-5169.

ND sets listening sessions on pesticide rule changes

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Department of Agriculture has scheduled a statewide series of listening sessions to discuss and gather input on proposed changes to North Dakota’s pesticide rules.

Goehring explained that the public will have additional opportunity to offer input once the department begins formal rule-making.

The listening sessions are scheduled as follows:

- 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 21, North Central Research Extension Center, Minot.

- 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. MST March 28, NDSU Research Extension Center, Dickinson.

- 1 to 5 p.m. April 3, Fargo Holiday Inn.

- 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 4, North Dakota Farmers Union, 1415 12th Ave. S.E., Jamestown.

- 1 to 5 p.m. April 11, Williston Research Extension Center.

- 1 to 5 p.m. April 17, Canad Inn, 1000 S. 42nd St., Grand Forks.

- 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 18, Ramsey County Courthouse, Devils Lake.

Shooting Star Casino to host ag trends workshop

The eighth annual Ag Trends Conference will be at the Shooting Star Casino event center in Mahnomen, Minn., on Tuesday.

The program will include professional speaker Les Kletke and radio personality Trent Loos.

Kletke is an agrologist and a Nuffield Scholar who has authored seven books. Loos is a sixth generation farmer who travels the globe connecting rural and urban America by sharing the positive story of production agriculture. He hosts and produces several radio shows including “Loos Tails.”

A representative from Northland College will give the 2012 farm business management marketing update.

Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. and the program begins at 8:45 a.m. The conference is sponsored by local businesses and ag business suppliers. Lunch is provided and the conference will conclude by 3 p.m.

Preregistration is required by calling (218) 935-2226, extension104, or by emailing alte0045@umn.edu and indicating the number of those planning to attend, addresses and phone numbers.