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Annual Western Dakota Crops Day Set for Dec. 15

Spring wheat, current agronomy research and growing soybeans in the western Dakotas are the featured topics.

Regional agronomy research results, soybeans and spring wheat production will be featured topics at the 33rd annual Western Dakota Crops Day show at the Hettinger Armory on Dec. 15.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts, and presentations start at 10 a.m. Participants will be able to view exhibits throughout the day.

"This year’s crops day will provide excellent information on the latest crop production practices for soybeans and spring wheat, along with the traditional variety performance and ongoing regional agronomy research," says John Rickertsen, North Dakota State University Hettinger Research Extension Center research agronomist.

Topics also will include updates on new crop varieties, new herbicides and crop production research in the West River region.

“There is increasing interest in growing soybeans in the western part of North Dakota, which is a new crop for most producers considering trying soybeans,” says Greg Endres, NDSU Carrington REC area agronomist.

Endres will present on current soybean production practices. His talk will cover soybean management, including tillage, inoculation, planting dates, plant populations, row spacing, different soybean inputs and weed management issues.

Rickertsen will finish the soybean presentation discussing issues specifically related to growing soybeans in the western Dakotas.

Joel Ransom, NDSU Extension agronomist, will give a presentation on best management practices for spring wheat production, discussing the latest research on agronomic practices, including varieties, seeding rates, fertilizers and disease management.

Results from agronomy research in the western Dakotas will be presented by Caleb Dalley, NDSU Hettinger REC weed scientist; Ryan Buetow, NDSU Dickinson REC area Extension cropping systems specialist; Chris Graham, South Dakota State University West River Ag Center Extension agronomist, Rapid City; and Patrick Wagner, SDSU Extension entomology field specialist, Rapid City.

The crops day event also will include commercial exhibits by several seed, chemical and agricultural service companies displaying their newest products and innovations.

The event is free of charge and lunch will be provided. For more information, contact the Hettinger REC at 701-567-4323.

NDSU Agriculture Communication - Dec. 7, 2016

Source:John Rickertsen, 701-567-4323,
Editor:Kelli Armbruster, 701-231-6136,
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