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NDSU Sets Extension Service Educational Activities at Big Iron

Following the educational sessions, participating industry representatives will discuss their equipment and do demonstrations.

The 2013 Big Iron show set for Sept. 10-12 in West Fargo will include exhibits, ask-the-expert sessions, presentations and demonstrations by North Dakota State University Extension Service specialists and researchers.

The field demonstrations will focus on innovations in planting equipment. Vendors will use colored seed with row-crop planters, air seeders and precision planting equipment. The field demonstrations are scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. daily, beginning with a 30-minute educational session by NDSU Extension crop and soil specialists discussing aspects of planting corn, soybeans and cereal and pulse crops.

Following the education session, participating industry representatives will discuss their equipment and do demonstrations. Each company will have five to 10 minutes to talk about their equipment and then have an opportunity to demonstrate their planter or air seeder.

The second part of the daily field demonstrations will focus on NDSU’s newly formed soil health initiative. Six NDSU researchers and scientists who conduct soil health research and Extension Service efforts will use a soil pit as an aid to discuss the importance of managing land to improve soil health. They will discuss crop and range management strategies land managers can use in adapting to changes in climate, cropping systems and environmental situations.

Those involved in the soil health initiative include Ann-Marie Fortuna, research soil health assistant professor; Abbey Wick, Extension soil health assistant professor; Chris Augustin, area Extension soil health specialist; Naeem Kalwar, area Extension soil health specialist; Jasper Teboh, soil scientist; and Ben Geaumont, wildlife and range science research assistant professor.

The NDSU Bison Pullers, a student group in the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department, will demonstrate its quarter-scale tractor in a pulling contest. The Bison Pullers builds a quarter-scale tractor each year and competes with similar groups at the Annual International 1/4-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition, sponsored by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers at the Expo Gardens in Peoria, Ill.

The NDSU Extension displays will be in the entry of the Ag Building and will include agricultural displays staffed by NDSU and University of Minnesota Extension personnel.

Display topics include subirrigation; horse bedding; telematics; optical crop sensors; handling late-season, high-moisture grain; and processing of energy beets.

NDSU Extension Ag and Biosystems Engineering specialists will conduct a “visit with the engineers” session daily from 10 a.m. to noon. The individuals who will be available to answer questions and their topics are: Igathi Cannayen, front-end processing of energy beets, infield bales collection strategies and economics, and biomass feedstock processing; Ken Hellevang, grain drying and storage, structures and building environment including energy efficiency, moisture and indoor air quality; John Nowatzki, agricultural machinery and precision agriculture; Shafiqur Rahman, animal waste management, animal bedding and composting; and Tom Scherer, irrigation systems, drainage, individual home sewage systems, and farm water supply and treatment equipment.

NDSU Agriculture Communication – Aug. 19, 2013

Source:John Nowatzki, (701) 231-8213,
Editor:Rich Mattern, (701) 231-6136,
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