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NCREC 71st Annual Field Day Highlights

Focus on Soybean

71st Annual field tour held on July 15, 2015

Soybean Production Featured at the North Central Research Center Field Tour

2015 Field Day
2015 Field Day Tour

Topics relating to soybean production were featured at the 71st Annual NDSU North Central Research Extension Center field tour slated for July 15 beginning at 8:30 AM.  According to Eric Eriksmoen, research center agronomist, soybeans are continuing to occupy a larger portion of our northern agricultural landscape and their role as an economic powerhouse in farming communities is also growing exponentially. “Soybeans used to be a hit and miss crop up here in the northern growing regions of the state, but we’ve now gotten them to a point where we can profitably raise them here year in and year out,” says Eriksmoen.  Soybeans have evolved through plant breeding to be better adapted to shorter and cooler growing regions.  According to Eriksmoen, “in addition to being better adapted to our growing region, they have few insect and disease issues, require less fertilizer to grow and actually provide better growing conditions for subsequent crops.”  Soybeans are a warm season broadleaf crop in the legume family.  All of these characteristics are quite unique to this crop, says Eriksmoen, which makes it v2015 Field Days, Venkat Chaparaaluable not only as a commodity but also as a crop that benefits the entire farming operation by spreading out the work load, lowering the cost of fertilizer and pesticides, and in spreading the financial risk between different crops. 

The NDSU North Central Research Extension Center at Minot has conducted research on soybeans for many years and continues to expand their efforts as the crop has evolved.  According to Eriksmoen, a considerable amount of time and effort is being devoted to understand and enhance production practices specific to this growing region.  When should this crop be planted, how much seed should be used and what are the best varieties to use are key questions that are being studied.  Eriksmoen says they are studying over 100 different varieties this year to identify which ones work best for our farmers.  In addition to the research trials at Minot, the North Central Research Center conducts soybean research in trials at Mohall, Rugby, Garrison and Wilton.  “Our research program covers the major northern growing areas of the state and provides farmers with a comprehensive set of information that is often specific to this growing region,” says Eriksmoen.

Topics that will be covered during the July 15 tour include seed inoculation, seed treatments, planting dates, planting rates, row spacing, crop fertility and marketing.

2015 Field Day
In addition to the annual crops tour, there will be a crop pest diagnostic clinic provided by the NDSU Extension Service.  Farmers are encouraged to bring in plant samples and will have an opportunity to have one-on-one consultations with experts on weed, insect and disease control issues.   “The economics of farming is changing rapidly with high fuel, fertilizer and input costs and commodity prices which continue to be volatile.  Like any business, farmers need to maintain their competitive edge and that’s the objective of this event,” says Eriksmoen.
2015 Field Day
Pest Clinic

The tour is free and open to the public, and will be held at the NDSU North Central Research Extension Center located one mile south of Minot on Highway 83.

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