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Ken Hellevang, NDSU Extension agricultural engineer (right), talks to Big Iron visitors about grain bin safety. (NDSU photo) Ken Hellevang, NDSU Extension agricultural engineer (right), talks to Big Iron visitors about grain bin safety. (NDSU photo)
Big Iron visitors see an NDSU Extension demonstration of agricultural chemical spray drift. (NDSU photo) Big Iron visitors see an NDSU Extension demonstration of agricultural chemical spray drift. (NDSU photo)
Precision agriculture and multispectral imaging are among the topics Extension specialists and agents will discuss at this year’s Big Iron.

Multispectral imaging and precision agriculture, grain drying and storage, and market facilitation payment rates are among the topics that North Dakota State University Extension specialists and agents will discuss, demonstrate and be available to consult about at this year's Big Iron Farm Show.

Big Iron runs Sept. 10-12 at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo, N.D.

Extension personnel will have exhibits on a variety of topics in the Hartl Ag Building. They include:

  • A demonstration of scanning plants and weeds using multispectral imaging cameras - This type of imaging is an important part of precision agriculture.
  • Grain drying and storage guidelines - With the late planting in many areas, a later harvest with cooler outdoor temperatures and higher-moisture crops are expected this fall. Those crops will need drying before being put into storage.
  • Market facilitation program payment rates - Rates vary across North Dakota and the differences will be explained.
  • Live display of the various types of pigweed, including Palmer amaranth and water hemp - Fact sheets containing photos for identification and management options will be available.
  • Live cover crop species - They will be displayed and information about cover crop options will be provided.
  • A display showing remote monitoring of cattle movement in a pasture

“In addition, Extension agents and specialists will be available to answer questions about crop and livestock production and general horticulture issues,” says Tom Scherer, NDSU Extension agricultural engineer. “This is an opportunity for people to stop by to view the displays, ask questions, pick up publications and provide input or just visit.”

Besides the displays in the Hartl Building, field demonstrations will focus on precision weed management. The field demonstrations will be conducted daily from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the field directly south of the Red River Valley Fairgrounds racetrack.

“The field presentations will begin with an update on precision weed research at NDSU, followed by demonstrations by major equipment companies of their precision field sprayers,” says John Nowatzki, NDSU Extension ag machine systems specialist. “The commercial sprayer companies will show how to prepare weed infestation maps of crop fields and use the maps to demonstrate precision herbicide applications at the demonstration field.”

The field demonstrations also will include commercial drones used for precision pesticide applications in field and range conditions.

Visit http://bigironfarmshow.com for more information about the Big Iron Farm Show.


NDSU Agriculture Communication - Aug. 26, 2019

Source:Tom Scherer, 701-231-7239, thomas.scherer@ndsu.edu
Source:John Nowatzki, 701-231-8213, john.nowatzki@ndsu.edu
Editor:Ellen Crawford, 701-231-5391, ellen.crawford@ndsu.edu
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