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Forum staff reports , Published August 15 2013

Ag calendar - 08/16/13

Summer Field Day set for Aug. 24 in Mandan

Northern Plains Sustainable Ag, (NPSAS) announces it will hold its 4th Summer Field Day at Riverbound Organic Farm, Mandan, N.D., on from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 24.

Riverbound Farm, a draft horse-powered CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), serves more than 200 local families fresh vegetables for six months out of the year. The farm is located on the edge of the Missouri River. Owners Brian and Angie McGinness specialize in growing certified organic vegetables with an emphasis on sustainability and community building.

Registration is free if preregistered by Wednesday or $15 at the door. Register by calling NPSAS office at (701) 883-4304 or email npsas@drtel.net.

For more information on other Summer Field Days visit our website at www.npsas.org and on Facebook.

Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society is a nonprofit organization that is committed to the promotion of sustainable food systems through education, research and advocacy.

Dickinson REC to Host Beef Cattle and Forage Day Monday

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. The free event will be held at the DREC ranch two miles south and three miles west of Manning.

Starting at 8 a.m. MDT, 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, 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. MDT.

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.

Horticulture Day scheduled for Wednesday near Hankinson

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

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 Thursday

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 Thursday. Registration is from 8:15 and 8:45 a.m. at the Bagg Bonanza Farm near Mooreton. 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.

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 Monday 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.