Outreach Summary: Crop Management Field Tours and Training Sessions
G.J. Endres, B.G. Schatz, R.A. Henson, P.E. Hendrickson, and S.F. Zwinger

During the 2001 growing season, the Carrington Research Extension Center hosted numerous crop management tours and training sessions. The Centerís research trials and demonstration plots were used by extension and research staff to provide field training for nearly 1000 people. Education of farmers, crop advisers, 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 crop management events conducted at the Center May through September:

May

   Extension IPM Crop Scout training

   ND Weed Control Association Spring Sprayer School

June

   ND Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers irrigation tour

   Crop Management Field School

   CREC Advisory Board summer meeting and tour

   ND State Seed Department Field Inspectors training

   North Carolina agricultural group tour

   DuPont/Pioneer sales representatives field training

July

   Off-station crop variety tours (Lisbon, Dazey, Wishek, and Fullerton)

   Northern Canola Growers Association tour

   Wetlands Trust tour

   Legume Logic Seed Growers tour

   Hail Adjusters workshop

   CREC Annual Field Day

   ND Dry Pea and Lentil Association tour

August

   Land Grant Student Leadership Development Network tour

September

   Off-station soybean variety tour (Litchville)

   ND Soybean Council tour

   Commercial Vegetable Growers of ND tour

   National Sunflower Association field surveyorsí training

Text Box: Crop Management Field School participants identifying plants in the Centerís Weed Arboretum.
 

 

Crop subject matter areas during these events included crop cultivar performance, pest identification and management (disease, insects, and weeds), traditional and alternative crop management, cropping systems, irrigated crop management, and forage production. Many of the tours also included viewing and discussing livestock (beef and bison) and aquaculture research projects.

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 throughout the year.

Adapted from North Dakota State University, Carrington Research Extension Center, Livestock Field Day Proceedings, 2001. Vol 24, p 6-10.w


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