Outreach Summary: Summer Crop Tours and Training Sessions
the 2000 growing season, the Carrington Research Extension Center hosted over
20 crop tours and training sessions. The Center’s research trials and
demonstration plots were used by extension and research staff to provide field
training for nearly 1000 persons. Education of farmer and agri-business
personnel during the growing season provides an opportunity for the audience
to immediately incorporate the information into farm operations.
following is a listing of the events conducted at the Center during June
subject matter areas during these field events included crop cultivar
performance, pest management (disease, insects, and weeds), broadleaf and
alternative crop management, cropping systems, and irrigated crop management.
Many of the tours also included viewing and discussing livestock (beef and
bison) and aquaculture research projects.
following is an example to illustrate the educational content of the
Carrington Center’s summer crop events.
Crop Management Field School is an annual program that was conducted on June
29, 2000, for about 50 North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota crop
advisers. Seven hours of instruction, using field demonstration plots for
‘hands-on training’, was provided by NDSU Extension Service crop
specialists. Training sessions included:
evaluations indicated the school format and information were useful for
participants. The participants either managed or provided management
recommendations on a total of over a million crop acres. Certified Crop
Adviser credits were available for participants.
In the future, the Carrington Center will continue to host and conduct field educational events during the growing season. Individuals or groups are encouraged to visit the Center for formal or informal educational opportunities. 1
2000 Crop Management Field School conducted at the CREC.