Direct Seeding Managment Tour
Wednesday, July 7, 2004
12:00 pm Lunch -
Dickinson Research Extension Center
1:00 PM Load Buses at DREC
– Improving the odds for successful
This will be an informative discussion providing insight into the business of agriculture and direct seeding.
Welcome Purpose of Tour
1:30 PM Producer No-till
Shifting Weed Spectrum in Direct Seeded Fields
Does It Matter If We Treat Our Soils Like Dirt?
Biological Scum - The Processes That Make Soil Productive
Crop Rotations and Tillage in Southwest ND
Some suggest that the benefits of crop rotations are greatest in sub-humid and humid regions. However, properly designed crop rotations when coupled with tillage reductions can enhance wheat yields 80% or more in semiarid regions.
5:00 PM Barbeque Supper
Dr. Keith Saxton
Keith Saxton is nationally and internationally recognized for his work in developing new theories, methods, practices and machinery for improved soil and water management and resource conservation. He has done extensive work on water management and soil conservation for 42 years with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service. Dr. Saxton taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Washington State University as well as presented numerous technical discussions to farmer groups, professional workshops, scientific meetings, and invited keynote lectures throughout the U.S. and many foreign countries.
Dr. Mark Liebig
Mark Liebig is a soil scientist at the USDA-ARS Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory in Mandan, ND. He works with a multidisciplinary team of scientists to develop soil, crop, and animal management practices for the northern Great Plains to overcome limitations to productivity while maintaining or enhancing environmental quality.
Dr. Marcia McMullen
Marcia McMullen is an NDSU extension plant pathologist at Fargo, ND. Her responsibilities include providing management information on cereal diseases and coordination of the NDSU extension Integrated Pest Management program. Her applied research interests include disease survey and chemical and biological control of seed, root, leaf, and head diseases in wheat and barley.
Dr. Patrick Carr
Pat Carr is the research agronomist at the Dickinson Research Extension Center. He has studied energy- and resource-efficient crop and integrated crop-livestock systems that are sustainable both economically and environmentally since 1992.
Dr. Kristine Nichols
Kristine Nichols studies “soil scum.” She is a soil microbiologist at the USDA-ARS Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory in Mandan, ND.
Craig Rystedt has been involved with the development of several technologies used in weed control for direct seeded fields since graduating from NDSU. His work has improved farm productivity and profitability. He currently works for Monsanto Company.
Jay Elkin began direct seeding in 1989. He used a low disturbance no-till drill on sandy, poor yielding fields and conventional seeding using a shoe drill on his better producing ground. In dry years, Jay noticed these sandy fields produced as much as the conventionally seeded fields. Over the past five years he no-till seeded one third of his farm but in 2004 he seeded all of his cropland using no-till methods. Jay’s primary crop is wheat but has rotated to flax where sawfly has become a problem. In this intense wheat rotation, disease pressure is managed using fungicides. Wheat yields are 40 + bu/acre making residue management his #1 challenge. Harrowing doesn’t work and often times makes matters worse. Jay is considering several options for managing this problem.
Please contact Lisa Vance (701) 483-2348
or Phyllis Okland (701) 483-2077
to reserve seat on the bus for the
Miss the Bus? You can still catch the tour at the I-94 Taylor Exit (Exit 78) at 1:30 PM.