Williston Research Extension Center
The Williston Research Extension Center (WREC) is an 800-acre dryland farm located in northwestern North Dakota near the city of Williston. The center was established in 1907 but relocated to the present site in 1954. In 2001, a 160-acre irrigation site was added and is located in Nesson Valley, 25 miles east of Williston.
The mission of the Williston Research Extension Center is to conduct research designed to increase productivity of all agricultural products of the area while maintaining or improving the soil resource base in the semi-arid region of western North Dakota and eastern Montana.
The research program at the WREC emphasizes crop adaptation and crop variety testing. More than 25 crops are evaluated on dryland and irrigation including wheat, durum, barley, oat, pea, lentil, chickpea, safflower, drybean, flax, soybean, canola, crambe, sunflower, potatoes, sugar beets, and others. Evaluation and identification of superior varieties will sustain production and enhance crop diversity. The program also evaluates crop cultural practices, cropping systems, and soil and water conservation practices that will support more intensive cropping practices and impact production input efficiency and promote effective an efficient managemant strategies.
The WREC, in cooperation with the EARC, conducts breeding and variety testing on safflower, hard red winter wheat, durum, and high value/value added crops in an effort to enhance production of these crops in the MonDak region. Foundation seed production for area distribution of new and popular older varieties is also a major part of the WREC's program.
In response to the growing interest in irrigation, the WREC expanded its research and extension efforts to include irrigated high value crops. A High Value Crop Area Extension Specialist was added to the staff at the WREC. The goal of the new irrigation project located at Nesson Valley is to advance irrigation practices and develop alternative cropping systems that will improve water, nutrient and pest management.
Director Williston Research Extension Center
14120 Highway 2
Williston, ND 58801