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Lake Region Extension Roundup Set for Jan. 8-9

Randy Martinson of Martinson Ag Consulting speaks at a Lake Region Extension Roundup. (NDSU photo) Randy Martinson of Martinson Ag Consulting speaks at a Lake Region Extension Roundup. (NDSU photo)
The event offers presentations on a range of agricultural production issues.

The 2019 Lake Region Extension Roundup will be Jan. 8-9, 2019, in Devils Lake, N.D.

The annual event, which North Dakota State University Extension county offices organize, offers presentations on a wide range of agricultural production.

“This is a great opportunity to learn the latest updates in ag production, crop economics, livestock and horticulture,” says Bill Hodous, cropping systems agent in Extension’s Ramsey County office.

Both days start with breakfast at 8 a.m. General and concurrent sessions begin at 9 a.m. The general sessions are in the World War II Memorial Building. Concurrent sessions will be in the Memorial Building’s basement, the Armory Room, and the Historical Room and meeting room in the adjoining Ramsey County Courthouse.

General session topics on Jan. 8 are:

  • Small-grain performance
  • North Dakota agricultural weather advancements
  • Shifts in pigweed
  • Managing nonproductive field areas
  • New tillage options and effects on soil compaction

“Finding Fairness in Farm Transition” will be the featured session.

Concurrent session topics that day include:

  • Soybean production management, storage and handling
  • North Dakota crop fertility overhaul
  • Dry bean production and market outlook
  • Weed control
  • Income tax changes on the farm
  • Introduction to becoming a certified seed grower
  • Soil issues and cover crops
  • Horticultural issues such as apple varieties and from vine to wine
  • Unmanned aerial vehicle applications
  • Sunflower production and market opportunities
  • Market issues, including tariffs and trade implications

Topics for the general sessions Jan. 9 are:

  • Soil fertility issues
  • Energy and marketing outlooks
  • NDSU wheat breeder program
  • 2018 canola review
  • Corn industry update
  • Managing barley on variable ground

The concurrent session topics that day include:

  • Pea production and markets
  • Soil health issues
  • Weed control and spray drift reduction
  • Land rents and values and land/machinery values and trends
  • Understanding agricultural research
  • 2019 insurance update
  • Wheat and corn variety selection and other wheat issues
  • Major canola disease research updates
  • Bull selection
  • 2019 livestock feeding concerns

Attending the roundup is free of charge. No registration is necessary. For more information, contact your county office of NDSU Extension or Hodous at 701-662-7027 or

NDSU Agriculture Communication - Dec. 14, 2018

Source:Bill Hodous, 701-662-7027,
Editor:Ellen Crawford, 701-231-5391,
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