Field days

Tents hailed the last decade anniversary for HREC as folks gathered for the 100th anniversary 10 years ago. This year, HREC celebrates its 110th anniversary, and there will be special speakers, including Burton Johnson and hemp trials.

Summer field days are just around the corner.

With fields greening up, and wheat growing strong, agronomists, weed specialists, cropping specialists and other scientists at the NDSU research centers will offer a wealth of information and research at their special day in July.

Hettinger Research Extension Center will hold its summer field day on July 9 starting at 5 p.m. MDT for the crop tour, followed by a supper celebrated HREC’s 110th anniversary.

Prior to the tour, the HREC also will host a meet-and-greet with Yuri Montanholi, the new NDSU Extension beef cattle specialist, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the HREC classroom. Refreshments will be served.

Montanholi received his D.V.M. and M.S. in Brazil, and completed a Ph.D. in Animal Science from the University of Guelph, Ontario. His research has focused on the evaluation of livestock nutrient metabolism and improving the efficiency of feed utilization. He also is interested in performance testing and evaluation of traits affecting carcass composition. Montanholi looks forward to meeting North Dakota livestock producers and learning about their needs and interests. 

 Following the meet-and-greet, the annual crop tour will begin at the HREC Agronomy and Range Research Laboratory.

This year’s tour will feature an industrial hemp variety trial. This is the first year industrial hemp has been grown at the HREC, as interest in this crop continues to grow.

Burton Johnson, a professor and scientist in NDSU’s Plant Sciences Department, will discuss industrial hemp production, marketing and economics.

Other tour speakers and topics are:

 * Weed management update – Joe Ikley, NDSU Extension weeds specialist

 * Spring wheat varieties and breeding program – Andrew Green, NDSU professor and hard spring wheat breeder

* Wheat diseases and seed treatments – Andrew Friskop, NDSU Extension plant pathologist

 * Weed-control research conducted at the HREC – Caleb Dalley, HREC weed scientist

 * Pea varieties and soybean research – John Rickertsen, HREC research agronomist

 * Information on new varieties of durum wheat, winter wheat and barley

 Participants will see trials of several crops being grown at the HREC and be able to talk with Extension specialists and research scientists.

“The tour will give producers information about new varieties, agronomic practices and current crop production issues,” says John Rickertsen, HREC research agronomist. “We also are excited to have an industrial hemp trial at the station this year to see how this new emerging crop performs in a semi-arid climate.”

 Following the tour is a free supper at the Agronomy and Range Research Lab.

 All activities are free and open to the public.

On July 8, Central Grasslands Research Extension Center, near Streeter, will hold its field day from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. CDT, followed by supper.

“We plan to have talks on rotational grazing and patch burn grazing, where we will assess the plant community and look at livestock performance,” said Kevin Sedivec, director of the CGREC.

In addition, CGREC plans to have stops on creating pollinator and bird habitat without reducing stocking rate; demonstrate the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in a ranching operation, including identifying weed patches; have a forage varietal trial on spring cereal hay crops and have a plant identification stop.

The Dickinson Research Extension Center will hold a special agronomy field day on July 10 from 8:30 a.m.-12 noon MDT, and a free lunch following.

After the field day, a special workshop will be held from 1 p.m.-3 p.m., after the field day luncheon.

“After the field day luncheon, join Andrew Friskop, Joel Ransom and I for a workshop covering agronomic and disease management of small grains at DREC,” said Ryan Buetow, NDSU Extension cropping systems specialist at DREC.

Williston Research Extension Center holds its dryland field day crop tour the same day as DREC, but later in the afternoon. If producers decide to go to both, remember DREC is on MDT, while WREC is on CDT.

WREC will hold its dryland and horticulture field day on July 10 from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. CDT, followed by a meal. When coming into Williston, turn left on the highway and the center is right on the corner, surrounded by evergreens.

The crop tour will have topics: soil acidification; causes and management; soybean variety trials and dryland soybean management; pipeline reclamation update; plant pathology and weed management and the groundbreaking ceremony for the Seed Conditioning Plant.

After the crops tour, there will be a horticulture program with gardening advice, followed by dinner.

On July 11, WREC will hold its irrigated field day in Nesson Valley, which is 23 miles east of Williston on Highway 1804 from 8:30 a.m.-12 noon.

At Nesson, the crop tour will include: irrigation and management update; high tunnel research update; soybean research; soil structure; intercropping; chemical injury to crops and emerging weed issues, followed by lunch.

The Agronomy Seed Farm, one mile south and one mile west of Casselton will hold its field day on July 15.

Brian Otteson, Agronomy Seed Farm director, said while the agenda is not complete, he is shortening the time this year and the field day will be from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. CDT, with a meal following.

Some of what Otteson is planning includes discussions on weeds and the latest weed research; cereal diseases with plant pathologists; cereal pests with entomologists; and a special precision ag demonstration with an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle by John Nowatski, NDSU engineering.

On July 16, Carrington Research Extension Center will hold its 60th annual field day from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. CDT, including a lunch.

“There will be four morning tours: agronomy, livestock, organic and fruit and berry programs.  The afternoon tour will be a continuation of agronomy-focused research,” said Myrna Friedt, administration at CREC. “We’re excited about our 60th annual field day.”

On July 17, North Central Research Extension Center south of Minot will have its annual field day from 9 a.m.-12 noon. Afterward, there will be a lunch.

There is usually a weeds table at the beginning, which producers use to see and identify weeds common in their fields and ranges.

“Preliminary topics include hemp production; weed control; pulse crops; beet lime and hybrid wheat,” said Shana Forster, NCRC.

The North Dakota Wheat Commission will be holding a pre-harvest marketing seminar in the afternoon at NCRC, but they are not sure of the time.

On July 18, Langdon Research Extension Center will hold its summer field day from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. CDT. A lunch will be served.

LREC holds its field day in cooperation with the Northern Canola Growers Association.

“Part of what we are planning is a LREC Canola Research Update; Canola Clubroot /other Diseases Update; weed issues (Palmer Amaranth, others); 2019 Soil Health Extension Report; 2019 Crop Insect Issues Update; and the 2019 Crop Disease Report,” said Randy Mehloff, LREC director.