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Published July 12 2013

Ag calendar (July 12)

Carrington research center hosts sustainable ag tour

CARRINGTON, N.D. – Organic crop production and sustainable agriculture are the focus of a tour being held during the North Dakota State University Carrington Research Extension Center’s annual field tours Tuesday.

The organic/sustainable agriculture program will begin at 9 a.m. with registration, coffee and a welcome. Agronomy, horticulture and livestock tours also will be held in the morning and afternoon. The morning tours will depart at 9:30 and run until noon. Other tours will start at 1 p.m.

Steve Zwinger, organic/forage researcher at the center, will lead the organic/sustainability tour. Zwinger also will discuss the ancient grains (emmer, einkorn, spelt and heritage wheat) variety trials.

The ancient grains project is part of a multistate specialty wheat research project involving Pennsylvania State University and Cornell University.

Elizabeth Dyck, founder of OGRIN (Organic Growers’ Research and Information-Sharing Network), will highlight the multistate efforts in response to consumer demand for ancient grains.

Mike McMullen, NDSU oat breeder, will discuss how well oats fit into an organic crop rotation and oat variety development for organic systems.

Byron Lannoye, Pulse USA, and Blaine Schmaltz, a Rugby area organic seed producer, will present information on the progress in selecting field pea varieties that perform well in organic systems.

Frank Kutka, Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society (NPSAS), will speak on a North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension (NCR-SARE) grant-funded project to develop cow pea varieties that produce seed in northern climates. This project involves collaboration among the NPSAS, NDSU, South Dakota State University and the University of Wisconsin.

Chiwan Lee, NDSU vegetable researcher, and Teresa Podoll, Prairie Road Organic Seeds, will discuss NDSU vegetable research and the progress of the North Dakota specialty block grant to do on-farm vegetable variety trials.

Anne Ongstad, of Robinson, and Rich Mittlieder, of Tappen, will discuss organic buckwheat production, on-farm variety trials, selection, development and seed increase. This project is supported by a NCR-SARE farmer and rancher grant (www.northcentralsare.org/Grants


The Carrington Research Extension Center is 3.5 miles north of Carrington on U.S. Highway 281. For more information about the organic/sustainable ag program, contact Zwinger or Karl Hoppe at (701) 652-2951 or email Zwinger at steve.zwinger@ndsu.edu or Hoppe at karl.hoppe@ndsu.edu.

Crop tours highlight Carrington Field Day

CARRINGTON, N.D. – The North Dakota State University Carrington Research Extension Center’s annual field day will be Tuesday.

“This is our premier summer event to showcase the center’s research program,” says Greg Endres, NDSU Extension Service area agronomist.

Two crop tours will be conducted during the event to view research trials and discuss current production information. Highlighted will be crop variety performance and production management, and pest and soil management.

The morning tour will begin at 9:30. The tour will include a review of spring wheat, barley and dry bean cultivars by NDSU plant breeders Mohamed Mergoum, Richard Horsley and Juan Osorno. Corn and soybean production highlights will be presented by Extension agronomists Joel Ransom and Endres.

An update on the energy beet project will be provided by Blaine Schatz, CREC director and research agronomist; Mike Ostlie, CREC research agronomist; and representatives from Green Vision.

Following a noon lunch, tour participants are encouraged to attend a second crop tour starting at 1 p.m. that will focus on crop pest and soil management.

Michael Wunsch and Sam Markell, NDSU Extension plant pathologists, will provide updates on managing diseases during the balance of the growing season. Their emphasis will be on soybeans, dry beans and sunflowers.

Richard Zollinger and Kirk Howatt, NDSU Extension weed scientists, will review this season’s weed management challenges in North Dakota with an emphasis on resistant weeds. Ostlie and Endres will highlight research work with selected CREC weed management trials.

Sreekala Bajwa, NDSU Agriculture and Biosystem Engineering Department chair, will lead a discussion on remote sensing for nitrogen management.

Jasper Tebow, CREC soil scientist, will highlight his research on increasing nitrogen use efficiency and tillage systems.

For more information, contact the CREC at (701) 652-2951 or www.ag.ndsu.edu/CarringtonREC.

Agronomy seed farm field day set for Monday

The North Dakota State University Agronomy Seed Farm field day will be Monday beginning at 2 p.m., according to Tom Teigen, NDSU Agronomy Seed Farm director.

The NDSU Agronomy Seed Farm is a mile south of Casselton and a mile west on the frontage road that parallels Interstate 94 on its north side.

The tour will feature:

• A discussion on wheat varieties will be led by Mohamed Mergoum, NDSU wheat breeder. This discussion will give producers an opportunity to see new varieties so they can compare yield potential, disease resistance and quality characteristics with the varieties they are growing.

• Dave Franzen, NDSU Extension Service soil scientist, will discuss the work he is doing to collect data that will be used to review and possibly revise the nitrogen recommendations for corn. His research plot at the farm is one of more

than 80 sites where nitrogen treatment rates in corn are being tested. In 2011, 2012 and again this year, he is sensing each treatment with two active optical sensors to develop algorithms to help direct nitrogen supplemental rates during the growing season.

• John Nowatzki, NDSU Extension agricultural machine systems specialist, will present information on optical sensors as they relate to nitrogen management on corn. This information also can be applied to other crops to help producers manage fertility during the growing season.

• Joel Ransom, NDSU Extension agronomist, will discuss his research on the effectiveness of tillage and nitrogen management strategies for the efficient use of nitrogen on corn.

• Weed control on a wide range of topics will be discussed by weed researchers from NDSU.

Following the field presentations, participants are invited to attend a tour of the Tharaldson Ethanol plant.

North Central center field day Wednesday

MINOT, N.D. – Winter wheat will be one of the topics during the 69th annual field day on Wednesday at North Dakota State University’s North Central Research Extension Center near here.

Field day events will start with refreshments and rolls at 9 a.m. Activities will include a pest diagnostic clinic and sessions on weeds, crop diseases and insects. People attending these sessions are welcome to bring plant samples and insect specimens.

This year’s field day also will feature a crop tour from 9:30 a.m. to noon, followed by lunch.

Topics to be discussed are winter wheat production and management, managing winter survival of winter wheat, nitrogen fertilizer management in spring wheat, nitrogen fertility management using optical sensing, production strategies for durum, enhancing protein in spring wheat, carinata (also known as Ethiopian mustard), a small-grain variety update and crop protection.

For more information, contact the center at (701) 857-7679 or visit its website at www.ag.ndsu.edu/


The center is one mile south of Minot on U.S. Highway 83.

Crookston center’s crops, soils day slated Wednesday

CROOKSTON, Minn. – The annual Northwest Research and Outreach Center’s Crops and Soils Day is Wednesday at the north farm one mile north of the University of Minnesota Crookston campus on Highway 75 south.

The morning event will begin with registration at 7:30. The first tour begins at 8:15 and the second at 10:20. Buses and wagons will bring attendees to specific plot locations. A complimentary lunch will be served at noon.

Registration for the afternoon sugar beet tour is at 12:30 p.m., with the first tour starting at 12:45 and again at 1:30.

The morning begins at 8:15, with registration at 7:30. Topics are:

• Wheat breeding variety lupdate: Dr. Jim Anderson, wheat breeding and genetics.

• Barley variety update: Dr. Kevin Smith, barley breeding and genetics.

• Weed management in small grains: Dr. Beverly Durgan, Extension weed specialist.

• Seeding rates for HRSW V2.0 and glyphosate drift injury to spring wheat: Dr. Jochum Wiersma, small grains specialist.

• Remote sensing: Dr. Ian MacRae, entomology.

• Small grains disease update and the role of the disease nursery: Dr. Madeleine Smith, small grains and canola.

• Nitrogen fertilizer management for spring wheat: Bhupinder Farmaha, post doctorate, soil, water and climate.

• Afternoon Sugarbeet Program, with registration at 12:30 pm and tour at 12:45:

• Integrated control of rhizoctonia crown and root rot in sugar beets: Jason Brantner, research fellow, plant pathology.

• Nitrogen management options in sugar beets: Dr. Albert Sims, soil, water and climate, or Larry Smith, agronomy.

• Sugar beet herbicide carryover: Aaron Carlson, research specialist, North Dakota State University.

• Remote sensing: Dr. Ian MacRae, entomology.

Carrington research center to sponsor livestock tour

CARRINGTON, N.D. – Feedlot research, cow-calf studies and manure nutrient management are among the topics for the beef production tour at North Dakota State University’s Carrington Research Extension Center on Tuesday.

The tour is one of the center’s annual field tours to be held that day.

The beef production program will begin at 9 a.m. with registration, coffee and a welcome. The livestock tour will depart at 9:30 and run until noon. Agronomy, horticulture and sustainability tours also will be in the morning and afternoon.

Topics and speakers for this year’s beef production program include:

• Research on the value of fat in distillers grains – Vern Anderson, animal scientist, Carrington Research Extension Center.

• Adding enzymes in feedlot rations – Chanda Engel, research specialist, Carrington Research Extension Center.

• Forage levels in finishing yearling steer rations – Kate Sorenson, graduate student, NDSU Animal Sciences Department.

• Capturing nutrients in manure with more bedding and more protein – Shafiqur Rahman, waste management engineer, NDSU Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering Department.

• Comparing dry lot with pasture for summer feeding cow-calf pairs – Anderson.

• Corn stover and distillers grains for lactating cows – Engel.

• Feed costs for cows: Are they at a plateau? – Jory Hanson, farm business management program instructor, Carrington.

• Composting mortality demonstration – Mary Berg, livestock environmental management specialist, Carrington Research Extension Center.

• Value and management of manure – Emily Kline, livestock environmental management specialist, Carrington Research Extension Center.

• Livestock and cropping effect on surface water quality – Katie Gussiaas, 319 watershed coordinator, Foster County.