Outreach Summary: Crop Management and Education Field Tours

Greg Endres, Blaine G. Schatz, Ezra Aberle, Dave Copenhaver, Paul Hendrickson and Steve Zwinger

 

During the 2006 crop season, the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center conducted or hosted tours using crop research trials and demonstration plots to provide educational opportunities for about 600 people. The tours provided in-season crop production updates for farmers, crop advisers, and agri-business personnel that could be incorporated into their farm or agri-business operations. In addition, the Centerís resources were used for youth educational tours.

 

The following is a listing of the 2006 field events conducted at the Center (unless indicated otherwise) during May through October that included crop topics:

 

May

            Carrington Elementary School third-grade tour

 

June

            Crop Management Field School

            Eddy County crop tour

            ND State Seed Department field inspectors training

 

Text Box: Crop Management Field School.

 

 

July

            Wishek, Dazey, and Harvey off-station crop research tours

            Northern Plains Sustainable Ag Society crop tours (including Robinson and Rugby)

            ND Dry Pea and Lentil Association pulse crop tour

            CREC Annual Field Day

            ND Barley Council tour

            ND Corn Utilization Board tour

 

August

            Gamma Sigma Delta tour

 

September

            Corn, Soybean, and Sunflower tour

             

Text Box: Corn, soybean and sunflower tour.

 

 

October

            Carrington Elementary School fifth-grade tour

 

Crop subject matter areas during these events included crop cultivar performance, pest identification and management (disease, insects, and weeds), traditional and alternative crop management, and cropping/tillage systems.

 

In the future, the Carrington Center will continue to host and conduct field educational events during the crop production season. Individuals or groups are encouraged to visit the Center for formal or informal educational opportunities throughout the year.