Oakes Irrigation Research Site
Carrington Research Extension Center * North Dakota State University
P.O. Box 531, Oakes, ND 58474-0531, Voice: (701) 742-2189, FAX: (701) 742-2700, email: rgreenla@ndsuext.nodak.edu


Data on irrigated crop production have been collected for the past 29 years at the Oakes Irrigation Research Site located on a 15.8-acre tract on the Robert Titus farm. In 1993 the site was increased to approximately 20 acres. In 1997 a rotation study was added bringing the total area to 88 acres, but because of lack of funds, the rotation study was discontinued this year. The total size is now 20 acres. The site is located 4.5 miles south of Oakes adjacent to North Dakota State Highway 1. The objectives of these studies are encompassed in the following goals:

  1. Determine alternate and specialty crops (especially vegetables) adapted for commercial production under irrigation in North Dakota and define the agronomic practices needed to successfully produce them.
  2. Develop and refine Best Management Practices for irrigation that are producer acceptable.
  3. Promote irrigation development within the Garrison Diversion Project as well as private development.
  4. Provide irrigators with research data that aids in efficient crop production.

A cooperative agreement between North Dakota State University and the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District makes this research effort possible. The University provides technical staff (Richard Greenland as research supervisor, Leonard Besemann as research assistant, Heidi Kerlin as research technician, and seasonal employees as needed), and the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District provides most of the financial resources. North Dakota State University faculty and staff from the departments of Soil Science, Plant Sciences, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, and Plant Pathology participate in conducting experiments at the site.

Go to Oakes Irrigation Research Site 1998 Annual Report

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