June 29, 2006
Carrington Research Extension Center Field Day Set for July 18
The North Dakota State University Carrington Research Extension Center annual field day will be held Tuesday, July 18. Two crop tours will be conducted during the event for participants to view research trials and receive current production information on varieties of selected crops and crop pest and production management.
The crops tour will begin at 9:30 a.m. The tour will focus on a review of varieties and production issues for spring wheat, barley, durum, dry beans and flax. Presenters include NDSU plant breeders Mohamed Mergoum, William Berzonsky, Richard Horsley and Elias Elias, plus NDSU agronomist John Lukach.
The tour also will include a discussion by Duane Berglund, NDSU Extension Service agronomist, on using traditional and alternative oilseeds for biofuels. In addition, the tour will include a display and demonstration by Ken Hellevang, NDSU Extension agriculture engineer, on using wireless technology, such as remote monitoring of stored grain, for monitoring and managing a farm.
Following a noon lunch, tour participants will be able to attend the second crop tour on crop pest and production management. Jan Knodel, NDSU Extension entomologist, will discuss management of soybean aphid and sunflower seed insects, as well as other crop insect pests of concern during the balance of the growing season. Marcia McMullen and Carl Bradley, NDSU Extension plant pathologists, will review this season’s impact of foliar disease and scab on small-grain crops and the threat of row-crop diseases, such as sclerotinia, for the remainder of the growing season. Kirk Howatt, NDSU weed scientist, will discuss this season’s weed management challenges, such as control of volunteer crops and herbicide-resistant weeds.
The afternoon tour will include updates on crop nutrition and soil management, such as the latest research and recommendations on wheat and soybean nutrition and tillage systems, with an emphasis on no-till and strip-till.
In addition, participants will be able to work in soil pits to discover below-ground reasons for above-ground crop performance. Speakers include Dave Franzen, NDSU Extension soils specialist, and Carrington center research and Extension agronomists.
For more information, contact the Carrington REC at (701) 652-2951 or check its Web site at www.ag.ndsu.nodak.edu/carringt/.