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State Crop Improvement Meeting & NPSAS

County Agent News
Dan Folske
January 28, 2019 

State Crop Improvement Meeting

            The 90th Annual conference of the North Dakota Crop Improvement & Seed Association is scheduled for February 6th & 7th at the Radisson, in Bismarck.

            Are you interested in producing certified seed as a value added enterprise to your operation. Or maybe you want to learn more about the development of new varieties, or provide input regarding your needs for seed research and crop variety development.

            There is no registration fee but pre-registration is requested for meal planning and seating space. Contact Toni Muffenbier at 701-231-8067 or email: toni.muffenbiere@ndsu.edu to preregister.



            Northern Plains Sustainable Ag Society. This oast weekend I attended the NPSAS conference in Fargo. The organization focuses on healthy soils and regeneration of depleted soils. The organization is specifically for organic producers but leans heavily in that direction. I have attended this conference previously but it had been several years and I was amazed at how much it has grown. The Holiday Inn in Fargo was full to capacity. The meeting rooms were packed and vendors filled the hallways and front lobby. Attendees came from all over the US and Canada.  Vendors included Pipeline Foods, which operates the new grain elevator just north of Bowbells and at least five or six organic grain milling companies looking to connect with organic producers. Pulse USA, Albert Lea Seeds, and several other seed companies featured both organic and conventional seed varieties. Some of the seed companies were looking for growers to contract seed production for cover crop mixes. There were several vendors selling fertilizers and soil amendments. There were also equipment dealers selling flame weeders, Weed Combs, a weed zapper that uses electricity, tine weeders and other equipment that may have potential uses for conventional producers struggling with herbicide resistant weeds.

            Most of the sessions I attended were related to soil health, weed control, and manure composting.  The same type of topics that you will find at most ag shows except that weed control did not generally include herbicides.

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