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Crop Tours Highlight Carrington REC Field Day on July 20

Two crop tours will be conducted during the event for participants to view research trials and receive current production information.

The North Dakota State University Carrington Research Extension Center (CREC) annual field day will be held Tuesday, July 20.

Two crop tours will be conducted during the event for participants to view research trials and receive current production information. Highlighted will be crop variety performance; plant nutrition; and soil, pest and production management.

The morning tour will begin at 9:30. The tour will include a review of spring and durum wheat, and barley cultivars by NDSU plant breeders Elias Elias and Richard Horsley and Joel Ransom, Extension agronomist. Also, corn, soybean and dry bean production highlights will be presented by NDSU Extension agronomists Greg Endres, Hans Kandel and Ransom.

Two new subjects included in this traditional morning tour are cover and energy crops. Yvonne Lawley, CREC research agronomist, will discuss cover crop opportunities, challenges and current CREC research. The second subject is an introduction to energy beets by Maynard Helgaas, area commercial vegetable producer, and CREC agronomists.

Following a noon lunch, tour participants are encouraged to attend a second crop tour starting at 1:15 p.m. Michael Wunsch and Sam Markell, NDSU plant pathologists, will review the potential threat and management of row crop diseases this season. Jan Knodel, NDSU Extension entomologist, will highlight management strategies for late-season insects, including soybean aphids and sunflower head-infesting insects. Kirk Howatt, NDSU weed scientist, and Endres will review this season's weed management challenges and highlight CREC weed management trials.

Also, during the afternoon tour, CREC agronomists Paul Hendrickson, Ron Wiederholt, Endres and Lawley will highlight research on tillage systems, efficient use of fertilizer and manure and cover crops.

In addition, two educational stations will provide information on water quality diagnosis and salt-affected soils. Farmers are encouraged to bring water samples for quality testing by Roxanne Johnson, Extension water quality associate.

Tour participants are encouraged to visit a booth that will highlight current research by CREC agronomists on plant tolerance and management strategies with saline soils.

For more information, contact the CREC at (701) 652-2951 or go to http://www.ag.ndsu.nodak.edu/carringt/.


NDSU Agriculture Communication

Source:Greg Endres, (701) 652-2951, gregory.endres@ndsu.edu
Editor:Rich Mattern, (701) 231-6136, richard.mattern@ndsu.edu
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