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Forum staff reports , Published August 09 2013

Ag calendar - 08/09/13

Dickinson REC to host Beef Cattle and Forage Day

New concepts in forage management will be presented at the annual North Dakota State University Dickinson Research Extension Center Beef Cattle and Forage Day on Monday, Aug. 19. The free event will be held at the DREC ranch 2 miles south and 3 miles west of Manning, N.D.

Starting at 8 a.m., Kris Ringwall, DREC director, will host a sunrise center ranch tour. It is a wagon tour through some of the center’s pastures to look at the DREC cattle herd. Ringwall also will lead a discussion on the various management practices and cattle production methodologies in place at the center.

Soil health and how it relates to beef production will be the focus of a presentation by Allen Williams, who is a livestock researcher and consultant. Williams will talk about how soil health is the foundation that leads to high-quality, grass-fed beef and profitability.

Other soil health presenters are Llewellyn Manske, DREC range scientist, and Chris Augustin, NDSU area Extension soil health specialist.

There will be three presentations by producers regarding cover crops and grass-fed production. Producers John and Nicole Lamb, of Calgary, Alberta, will talk about slow-grown, grass-fed beef. Lucas Hoff, of Richardton, N.D., will discuss backgrounding calves by grazing unharvested corn, and Derrick Dukart, of Manning, will provide his findings from a cover crop grazing project that he is doing on his ranch.

Doug Landblom, animal scientist at the DREC, has been conducting grass-fed beef research at the center. Data from the study will be presented by Landblom and Songul Senturklu, DREC visiting scholar. They will discuss the parameters of the project and how they relate to soil health, animal performance and economics. Rob Maddock, NDSU associate professor, will discuss meat quality.

Ringwall and Landblom will finish the day with information on cattle size, calving dates and annual forage grazing.

An evening discussion with the speakers will take place at the DREC office in Dickinson beginning at 6:30 p.m.

For more information and to preregister for the evening discussion, contact Landblom at (701) 456-1109 or douglas.landblom@

ndsu.edu. Information also can be found at www.ag.ndsu.edu/

dickinsonrec/events/beef-cattle-forage-day, and the complete program schedule is included inside the front cover of this month’s North Dakota Stockmen’s Association magazine.

NDSU center to hold Nutrient Management Day

The North Dakota State University Carrington Research Extension Center’s annual Nutrient Management Day will be held Aug. 13. The program, formerly known as Compost Day, will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Topics to be covered and the presenters are:

Registration is not required but is suggested by Aug. 9 to provide the event’s organizers with the number of people attending lunch. The cost of lunch is $9 per person. Water will be provided to participants. Morning activities will take place outside, so dress accordingly.

To register or for more information, contact Berg or Kline at (701) 652-2951 or mary.berg@ndsu.edu or emily.m.kline@ndsu.edu. More information also is available at www.ag.ndsu.edu/lem. The Carrington Research Extension Center is 3.5 miles north of Carrington, N.D., on U.S. Hwy. 281.

Horticulture Day scheduled for Aug. 21 near Hankinson

The North Dakota State University Extension Service will sponsor a Horticulture Day on Aug. 21 at the American Legion Learning Center and Community Gardens at Lake Elsie, 16610 94½ St. S., near Hankinson, N.D.

The day begins at 9 a.m. with a welcome by an aide to U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.

Topics for the day include:

The day ends with a tour of the community gardens from 2:10 to 3 p.m.

The workshop is free and lunch can be purchased at the center.

American Legion Post 88 began improving the property next to Lake Elsie in 2005. Since then, a public learning center was built, a 2.5-mile bike path was built from Hankinson to the center, 2,200 trees were planted, a native grass area was established, a meeting center was completed and a public garden was opened.

For more information, contact Jason Goltz, NDSU Extension Richland County agent, at (701) 642-7793 or jason.goltz@ndsu.

edu.

Saline and sodic soil field day set for Aug. 22

More than 90 percent of North Dakota’s producers experience reduced yields as a result of salinity or sodicity, so it is an important issue in the state, according to Abbey Wick, North Dakota State University Extension Service soil health assistant professor.

To provide producers with management options, a saline and sodic soil field day is scheduled for Aug. 22. Registration is from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. at the Bagg Bonanza Farm near Mooreton, N.D. Topics to be covered in morning and afternoon field tours will include:

As part of the tour, a discussion on strategies for remediating saline soil conditions will be held at the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)/Richland County Soil Conservation District (SCD) demonstration site near Wahpeton, N.D.

There will be time during the day for participants to have one-on-one conversations with NDSU research and Extension faculty, specialists and agents.

To register, contact Niki Lynnes at (701) 231-8881 or niki.lynnes@

ndsu.edu.

Preregistering by Aug. 19 is encouraged but not required. The registration fee is $20, which includes a noon lunch and evening dinner.

The event is sponsored by the NDSU Extension Service, North Dakota Corn Council, NRCS and Richland County SCD.

NDSU launches workshops focusing on local foods

The North Dakota State University Extension Service is launching a series of workshops to help communities get involved in the local foods movement.

The first workshop, “Building Capacity for Local/Regional Food and Understanding the Industry,” is Aug. 13 at FARRMS in Medina, N.D.

Interest in eating locally produced food continues to grow among consumers, restaurants, schools and grocers. The reasons vary, but health, safety, freshness and knowing where one’s food comes from are four key drivers.

To register for the workshop, visit www.ag.ndsu.edu/small

business. The registration deadline is July 15. The workshop is offered free of charge. Participants will receive travel stipends and a small grant to initiate a local foods program in their communities.

For more information, contact Muske at glenn.muske@ndsu.edu or call (701) 328-9718.