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Published January 06 2014

Ag calendar (Jan. 3)

Beef quality assurance certification set

A beef quality assurance (BQA) certification training program will be held at the Medina American Legion Jan. 8, from 1 to 4 p.m.

The certification is a producer-driven program in which cattle producers assume responsibility for producing beef that is a healthy, wholesome, high-quality product and free from defects such as injection-site lesions and bruises.

Producers in beef quality assurance programs keep detailed records to assure that their management, husbandry and animal health practices meet regulatory and industry standards.

To become certified, producers must attend a training and certification session. If calves are produced following certification requirements and with the appropriate records kept, they may be marketed as NDBQA certified.

In some areas, producers receive a premium for their BQA certified cattle.

Attending the training and receiving a three-year BQA certification costs $15. Preregistration is required. Contact the Extension Service’s Kidder County office at (701) 475-2632, ext. 9227, or email ndsu.kidder.extension@ndsu.edu.

Soybean production meetings scheduled

Soybean producers interested in intensive soybean management should plan to attend one of three Getting it Right meetings scheduled for Velva, Mohall and Wishek.

North Dakota State University Extension Service faculty and staff will discuss soybean research and 2014 production issues.

Sam Markell, NDSU Extension pathologist, will update the disease outlook for 2014 and results from field research conducted in 2013.

Other topics include soybean cyst nematodes, managing soybean diseases, variety selection, iron chlorosis prevention, the importance of good nodulation, fertility issues, water management, and managing spider mites and soybean aphids.

The meeting dates are:

• Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Velva Senior Center at 122 Main St. N.

• Jan. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mohall Emergency Services Building at 104 Central Ave. N.

• Jan. 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wishek American Legion Post at 819 2nd Ave. N.

The programs and lunches are sponsored by the North Dakota Soybean Council, which oversees promotion, research and marketing programs funded by soybean checkoff dollars. The programs are free and open to the public. Preregistration is not necessary.

Wild World of Weeds workshop set

The 16th annual Wild World of Weeds workshop is set for Jan. 21 at the Fargodome.

The workshop is intended for agricultural professionals who advise growers on weed control and herbicide use, crop consultants, agronomists, agricultural dealers and distributors, Extension agents and industry representatives.

NDSU scientists will present information on a variety of environmental and weed

science topics. Dick Beardsley, former marathon runner, will talk about his career and near-fatal farm


Registration begins at 7:45 a.m., with the first session beginning at 8:30.

Workshop topics are: NDSU research updates, survey of relevant weed science issues, cultureal practices of weed control, factors of pre-emergent herbicides, herbicide residue and carryover, and controlling waterhemp, ragweed, kochia in soybeans and palmer amaranth.

The agenda and a registration form are available at: http://www.ndsu.edu/weeds. The registration fee is $85 until Jan. 17 and $125 after that date. Registration covers food and resource materials.

Precision Agriculture Summit set

The Red River Valley Research Corridor has scheduled the third annual Precision Agriculture Summit at the Farmers Union Conference Center in Jamestown Jan. 20-21.

The summit is organized by the Red River Valley Research Corridor, North Dakota Farmers Union, Lake Region State College’s Dakota Precision Ag Center and North Dakota State University’s Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering.

John Nowatzki, NDSU Extension Service agricultural machine systems specialist, will moderate crop precision technology sessions.

The main agenda focuses on new trends in precision agriculture technology, such as Google Glass, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and the economics of precision agriculture. Presenters from Boeing Corporation and Trimble Navigation will discuss their work with unmanned aircraft systems in agriculture.

Speakers from commercial companies will discuss current services for making detailed crop prescription maps and precision sprayer technology.

For more information or to register, visit http://theresearchcorridor.com/precisionagsummit2014 or contact Ryan Aasheim at (701) 499-6994 or ryan@theresearchcorridor.com.