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Jerry Bergman,
Director WREC
14120 Hwy 2
Williston, ND 58801-8629 voice: (701) 774-4315
fax: (701) 774-4307
NDSU.Williston.REC@ndsu.edu

   

WREC Horticultural Program

A small fruit production project was initiated in 2003. In cooperation with NDSU Plant Sciences, sixteen grape varieties are being evaluated for winter hardiness.

 

Included in this trial are some of the hardiest juice and jelly grapes; Valiant, King of the North, and the wine grape E.S.12-18-86. These will be compared with some less hardy but more desirable wine grapes such as LaCrescent, Prairie Star, E.S., Frontenac, Frontenac Gris, Sabrevois, and Hasansky Sladky, plus a table grape, Somerset Seedless and a juice grape, Bluebell. Some unnamed varieties from U of Minnesota are also included in the trial. This project was made possible with funds from APUC.

 

In a second portion of the project, everbearing and June bearing strawberries , along with raspberries, juneberries and rhubarb were also planted. These high value crops will be assessed for cultural practices, yield, and quality of fruit for sales in both the fresh fruit market and the emerging wine industry. Funding for this part of the project came from Williston Basin RC&D and Wal-Mart.

King Grapes

 

EFC Grasses

Horticultural plantings at WREC include an All America Selections trial garden, landscaping demonstration plantings of grasses and drought tolerant plant species, a demonstration of three varieties of echinacea and more than 150 entries of NDSU's historic world collection of daylilies.

New shelterbelt plantings, established in 1997, demonstrate three methods of tree weed control; clean cultivation, natural mulches, and plastic mulches. In 2003, the trees in plastic mulch were interplanted with warm season and cool season grasses to determine whether grass or clean cultivation would be the best maintenance practice in shelterbelts. A woody floral species conservation planting was established in 2004 with a demonstration of weed control fabrics. An apple orchard with conventional varieties and new introductions and a soil conservation service planting of experimental introductions complete the tree plantings at WREC.

Lorna Bradbury, Horticulturist
Williston Research Extension Center

Grapes

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