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Hettinger Research Extension Center Annual Field Tour Set for July 10

Tour participants will have the opportunity to see trials of several crops being grown at the HREC during this year’s tour. (NDSU Photo) Tour participants will have the opportunity to see trials of several crops being grown at the HREC during this year’s tour. (NDSU Photo)
The tour begins with information on the HREC patch-burn grazing research pastures.

The North Dakota State University Hettinger Research Extension Center (HREC) is holding a patch-burn grazing tour July 10 at 3 p.m. MDT, followed by the annual field tour at 5 p.m.

The patch-burn grazing tour led by Ben Geaumont, HREC wildlife and range scientist, will begin at the HREC office and then caravan out to the research site.

“Fire played an important role in forming the grasslands of North America, yet in many areas of the country the use of fire in grassland management has ceased,” says Geaumont. “In 2016, a patch-burn grazing management scheme was implanted in six pastures near Hettinger. Each year a prescribed fire is applied to one-quarter of each pasture.”

Geaumont will discuss the overall rationale behind the project and share preliminary findings, including livestock performance, impacts on forage quality and quantity, effects on pheasant, duck and other bird populations and impacts on the local pollinator communities.

Following the patch-burn grazing tour, the annual crop tour will begin at the HREC Agronomy and Range Research Laboratory.

John Nowatzki, NDSU Extension agricultural machines specialist, will give a demonstration on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAS), commonly called drones, and the types of images they can produce. He will also conduct a UAS flying demonstration over HREC research plots.

This year’s tour topics are:

  • Trials on soybean seeding rate
  • Inoculation and nitrogen application on soybeans
  • Spring wheat seed treatment and disease management
  • Information on new varieties of spring wheat, durum wheat and barley
  • Weed-control research conducted at the HREC

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

“The tour will give producers information about new varieties, agronomic practices and current crop production issues along with interesting research on pasture management,” says John Rickertsen, HREC research agronomist. “We also are excited to have a UAS demo that will give producers an opportunity to see this emerging technology in action.”

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.

NDSU Agriculture Communication - June 28, 2018

Source:John Rickertsen, 701-567-4323,
Source:Ben Geaumont, 701-567-4323,
Editor:Kelli Anderson, 701-231-6136,
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