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Forum staff reports , Published August 29 2013

Ag calendar - 08/30/13

Row crop tour Sept. 5 at Research Extension

Farmers, crop advisers and agricultural industry representatives are invited to attend a row crop field tour beginning at 4 p.m. Sept. 5 at the North Dakota State University Carrington Research Extension Center. The tour will conclude with a sponsored supper.

Participants will view field research trials and receive production recommendations on corn, dry beans and soybeans, said Greg Endres, NDSU Extension Service area agronomist.

“Our objective is to concisely discuss as many production subjects and share as much research trial data as possible to give participants information they can utilize for their farms or farm clients,” Endres says.

The tour agenda includes:

Tour speakers include NDSU agronomists and plant pathologists, and industry agronomists.

North Dakota commodity organizations associated with the crops covered during the tour are refreshment and meal sponsors, and will provide brief updates on their activities during supper.

Continuing education credits will be available for certified crop advisers participating in the event.

Additional information about the tour is available from the Carrington REC at (701) 652-2951 or on the Web at www.ag.ndsu.edu/


NDSU master gardener classes begin Sept. 27

North Dakota master gardener training is more convenient and flexible than ever, said Esther McGinnis, the North Dakota State University Extension Service master gardener coordinator.

The core master gardener course will be offered online and in a traditional classroom setting. If weekday morning classes conflict with an individual’s schedule, the classes can be watched online. Also, all assignments will be online.

The traditional classroom training will be conducted at several locations in the state, including Ashley, Bismarck, Cooperstown, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Minot, Napoleon, Wahpeton, Watford City and Williston.

The online and classroom sessions will run for eight weeks from Sept. 27 to Nov. 15. The training sessions will be held every Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (CDT).

“Topics will include annual and perennial flowers, selecting and planting trees and shrubs, soil health, plant diseases and pests, landscape design, vegetable and fruit production and so much more,” McGinnis says.

The cost is $150 for those wishing to become a certified master gardener and $300 for those just interested in taking the class. Computer knowledge and Internet access is required. All handouts will be available online for participants to access and print.

Certified master gardeners are required to complete 48 hours of approved volunteer work through their NDSU county Extension agent. The volunteer work should be completed within 24 months following the completion of classes.

“Master gardeners become ambassadors to assist the NDSU Extension Service in providing accurate and environmentally sustainable horticultural advice,” McGinnis says.

For more information, contact your local NDSU Extension Service office or McGinnis at (701) 231-7406.

To register, go to www.ag.ndsu.

edu/mastergardener. All registration is done online and payment is by credit card or electronic check only. The deadline for registration is Friday, Sept. 13.

NDSU Extension activities set for Big Iron show

The 2013 Big Iron show set for Sept. 10-12 in West Fargo will include exhibits, “ask the expert” sessions, presentations and demonstrations by North Dakota State University Extension Service specialists and researchers.

The field demonstrations will focus on innovations in planting equipment.

Vendors will use colored seed with row crop planters, air seeders and precision planting equipment.

The field demonstrations are scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. daily, beginning with a 30-minute educational session by NDSU Extension crop and soil specialists discussing aspects of planting corn, soybeans and cereal and pulse crops.

Following the education session, participating industry representatives will discuss their equipment and conduct demonstrations. Each company will have five to 10 minutes to talk about their equipment and then have an opportunity to demonstrate their planter or air seeder.

The second part of the daily field demonstrations will focus on NDSU’s newly formed soil health initiative. Six NDSU researchers and scientists who conduct soil health research and Extension Service efforts will use a soil pit as an aid to discuss the importance of managing land to improve soil health. They will discuss crop and range management strategies land managers can use in adapting to changes in climate, cropping systems and environmental situations.

Those involved in the soil health initiative include Ann-Marie Fortuna, research soil health assistant professor; Abbey Wick, Extension soil health assistant professor; Chris Augustin, area Extension soil health specialist; Naeem Kalwar, area Extension soil health specialist; Jasper Teboh, soil scientist; and Ben Geaumont, wildlife and range science research assistant professor.

The NDSU Bison Pullers, a student group in the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department, will demonstrate its quarter-scale tractor in a pulling contest. The Bison Pullers builds a quarter-scale tractor each year and competes with similar groups at the Annual International 1/4-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition, sponsored by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers at the Expo Gardens in Peoria, Ill.

The NDSU Extension displays will be in the entry of the Ag Building and will include agricultural displays staffed by NDSU and University of Minnesota Extension personnel.

Display topics include subirrigation; horse bedding; telematics; optical crop sensors; handling late-season, high-moisture grain; and processing of energy beets.

NDSU Extension Ag and Biosystems Engineering specialists will conduct a “visit with the engineers” session daily from 10 a.m. to noon. The individuals who will be available to answer questions and their topics are: Igathi Cannayen, front-end processing of energy beets, infield bales collection strategies and economics, and biomass feedstock processing; Ken Hellevang, grain drying and storage, structure and building environment, including energy efficiency, moisture and indoor air quality; John Nowatzki, agricultural machinery and precision agriculture; Shafiqur Rahman, animal waste management, animal bedding and composting; and Tom Scherer, irrigation systems, drainage, individual home sewage systems, and farm water supply and treatment equipment.