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Soil Health Field Day Set for Aug. 21 in Mooreton

The North Dakota State University Extension Service will hold a soil health field day on Aug. 21 at the Bagg Bonanza Farm near Mooreton.

“We will focus on tools that can be used to improve soil health and manage salinity using a whole-system approach,” says Abbey Wick, NDSU Extension Service soil health assistant professor. “We also will show how individual species and mixes of cover crops look below-ground in a soil pit.

The day begins with registration between 8 and 8:45 a.m. at the Bagg Bonanza Farm.

From 9 to 11:45 a.m., producers will learn how a local producer is using cover crops to build soil health and improve water management on his fields. Discussion also will center around setting goals and choosing mixes that will meet the needs of individual producers.

Lunch will be served at noon. From noon until 2:30 p.m., demonstrations will be set up around the Bagg Farm to talk about the best management practices for erosion control. Stations also will be set up to show how the NDSU Pest Management app can be used to identify and manage diseases, weeds and pests.

From 2:45 to 5 p.m., participants will have a chance to visit the NDSU Soil Health and Agriculture Research Extension farm to learn about the tools needed to actively manage saline soils, such as soil and field testing, and different water management approaches. There will be hands-on demonstrations to walk producers through the effective management process.

Demonstrations will continue during supper from 5 to 7 p.m.

The cost of the field day is $20 if preregistering or $30 the day of the field day. To register, go to For questions, contact Niki Lynnes at (701) 231-8881 or

Other sponsors of the field day are the North Dakota Corn Council, North Dakota Soybean Council and North Dakota Wheat Commission.

NDSU Agriculture Communication – Aug. 7, 2014

Source:Abbey Wick, (701) 231-8973,
Editor:Rich Mattern, (701) 231-6136,
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