Working with southwest North Dakota people to utilize and protect our air, soil and water
Our Objectives: For the families of North Dakota we research and report on agricultural methods that
Our Goal: Engage in science-based research that achieve SOLUTIONS.
Dickinson Research Extension Center was established by the 1905 North
Dakota Legislature as a research location representative of the Missouri
Plateau region. The goal was to develop research on crop production
for farmers of the region and to improve native and introduced forage
crop production for cattle ranchers. [ click
for picture of headquarters ]
the years the Center has grown from the original 160 acres to the
current 4,916 acres - 3,259 acres are at the ranch unit north of Dickinson
where range and beef research is conducted. [ click
here for picture of ranch ]
the Dickinson Research Extension Center has a unique blend of staff
and programs. Research and Extension staff include animal, crop and
range scientists. Work at the Center focuses on these areas:
- AGRONOMY: The DREC continues research in tillage, variety evaluations,
and organic production as well. The Soil Health Demonstration project
in concert with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the soil
conservation districts from Stark, Billings and Dunn counties, and
Dickinson State University is a major collaborative effort.
- BEEF SYSTEMS: The DREC is continuing research that integrates crop and livestock
enterprises needed for producer success in western North Dakota.
- BIOSECURITY: The DREC is developing animal identification systems that provide
source and age verification demanded by consumers and needed to reduce
the spread of pathogens.
- CROPPING SYSTEMS: The DREC is developing crop rotations that utilize moisture and
combine the positive aspect of diversity from agronomy, range and
- ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY: The DREC is working with producers to minimize potential pollution
capture the nutrient value of livestock waste.
- HORTICULTURE: The DREC evaluates many species of plants and many products that
residents use in lawns, gardens, and shelterbelts.
- RANGELAND SYSTEMS: The DREC has developed an optimal system of grazing based on
animal-plant interactions. The "twice over" system improves range
conditions and improves the financial outlook for producers.
- SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE: The DREC is studying ways to simultaneously meet economic, social
environmental needs through agriculture.
Here for the DREC Timeline.
Here for our Location and Directions.