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Hettinger Research Extension Center Drought Meeting and Field Tour Set

This year's tour will feature the new agronomy and range research laboratory.

The North Dakota State University Hettinger Research Extension Center (HREC) is holding a drought information meeting on July 11 beginning at 3 p.m. MDT followed by its annual field tour at 5 p.m.

The drought meeting hosted by the NDSU Extension Service will be held in the HREC classroom. The topics covered will be range, forage, economic and nutrition issues plus local updates.

Producers may bring water samples to be tested for the level of total dissolved solids (TDS) and forage samples can tested for the presence or absence of nitrates using a quick nitrate test.

Following the drought meeting, the annual crop tour will begin at the new Agronomy and Range Research Laboratory.

This year’s tour includes trials on seeding rate and nitrogen timing on spring wheat, small grain diseases and management and a soil pit demonstration.

The field tour will also include information on new varieties of spring wheat, durum wheat and barley, along with presentations on carinata production and weed-control research.

Participants also will have the opportunity to see trials of several other crops being grown at the HREC and be able to talk with Extension specialists and research scientists.

“Considering the extremely dry conditions at HREC, the crops still look reasonably good and producers will have a chance to learn about new varieties, agronomic practices and information on dealing with issues related to the current drought conditions” says John Rickertsen, HREC research agronomist.

Following the tour is a free supper at the Agronomy and Range Research Lab sponsored by area businesses and the Hettinger Chamber of Commerce.

All activities are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the HREC at 701-567-4323.

NDSU Agriculture Communication - June 29, 2017

Source:John Rickertsen, 701-567-4323,
Source:Julie Kramlich, 701-567-2735,
Editor:Kelli Armbruster, 701-231-6136,
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