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
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
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 and 160 head of bison. It includes
feed and forage storage, pole barns, equipment storage, a residence, and
extensive pens and feedlots.
Blaine Schatz, Director