A series of "Crop Opportunities in 2014" meetings have been scheduled for December 2-6 across northwest North Dakota.
This past growing season came with several issues for growers from getting the crop planted in dry conditions to wet conditions causing some disease issues. Crop rotation and diversity are considerations producers must think about to while managing their farm operation. One of the biggest question marks in irrigation is how to achieve consistency in crop management and yields along with maintaining quality. To address some these questions, an irrigation workshop has been developed emphasizing research taking place in the region and specific management practices. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, December 18th, at the Williston Research Extension Center (Ernie French Center) starting at 9:30 a.m. (CST). The workshop will start with a talk on soil characteristics and how to determine if the soil is irrigable from Tom Scherer, NDSU Ext Ag Engineer Specialist. Then discussion will switch to soybean production by Hans Kandel, NDSU Ext Agronomist. Dwight Aakre, NDSU Extension Farm Management Specialist, will present updates on projected profitable crops for the 2014 cropping year Following lunch, Tyler Tjelde, WREC Irrigation Agronomist, and Jim Staricka, WREC Soil Scientist, will provide an update on the Nesson Valley irrigation research site and highlight a couple research projects on water management. And finally there will be an industry update from irrigation representatives on the latest technology to improve water management. There will be a noon lunch sponsored by Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative. Agri-Industries will be sponsoring the breaks during the workshop. If you have any further questions, please call Chet Hill, NDSU Extension Area Ag Diversification Specialist, at (701)774-4315.