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Lindsey Forward Presents M.S. Seminar

Lindsey Forward presented her Plant Sciences M.S. thesis, Hop Establishment Impacted by Mulch Type and Nitrogen Source, on Friday, May 5, 2017 at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND.
Lindsey Forward Presents M.S. Seminar

Lindsey Forward (right) with adviser Dr. Harlene Hatterman-Valenti

June 8, 2017

On Friday, May 5, 2017, Lindsey Forward presented her M.S. thesis, Hop Establishment Impacted by Mulch Type and Nitrogen Source. While demand for hops has risen in the northern Great Plains, agronomic research on the crop is just beginning. Forward’s research focused on evaluating cultivar, mulch type, and nitrogen source influence on hops establishment and is the first field trial showing that hops can be successfully grown in North Dakota.

In Forward’s study, nitrogen source did not affect hop growth and mulch type affected weed suppression, soil temperature, and soil moisture readings. Landscape fabric provided the greatest weed suppression and retained the most soil moisture during hops establishment. However, it also had the highest soil temperature and greatest soil temperature fluctuation throughout the day. Further research is needed to determine other optimum growing practices for hops in the northern Great Plains.

During her time at NDSU, Forward held intern positions with the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center Oakes Irrigation Research Site and with Dr. Joel Ransom, Plant Sciences Extension agronomist. She was honored as a Gamma Sigma Delta inductee in 2016 and received the Charles and Linda Moses Scholarship for 2016-17.

Forward’s graduate committee consisted of Dr. Paul Schwarz and Dr. Jack Norland. Her adviser was Dr. Harlene Hatterman-Valenti.

Source: Lindsey Forward
Co-authors: Katherine Millette, Shannon Ueker

Editor: Shannon Ueker (, 701-231-7971)

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