The Carrington Research Extension Center was established as the Carrington Irrigation Branch Station by the state in 1960. The focus of the research effort was to support the Garrison Diversion Project plan to divert water from the Missouri River for irrigation. The Center's scope has since expanded to include livestock research and the responsibility for dryland crop production research for central North Dakota. The location of the Carrington Center is important because its research program can address crops and issues representing a significant part of North Dakota agriculture.
The research effort at the Carrington Center focuses on these general program areas:
These efforts have given the Carrington Center a national reputation for its involvement in agriculturally based economic development, and for studying a wide range of crops and cropping systems.
There are 800 acres in the Center. About 300 acres are irrigated by center-pivot systems and 100 acres by surface methods. The remaining acreage is managed as dryland and primarily used for dryland research. Another 320 acres are leased to supplement seed and forage production needs.
Carrington Research Extension Center facilities include the headquarters unit with buildings and equipment for storing and processing Foundation seed, equipment maintenance and storage, laboratories, and a residence. The Headquarters itself has offices and large meeting rooms for university, industry or community meetings. An adjoining building houses aquaculture research and demonstration facilities. An attached site can accommodate about 500 head of beef cattle. It includes feed and forage storage, pole barns, equipment storage, a residence, and extensive pens and feedlots.
Blaine Schatz, Director
Carrington Research Extension Center
Carrington, ND 58421-0219
fax: (701) 652-2055