NDSU Extension - Ransom County


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Upcoming events, classes, workshops.



For more information or to register for any of the events or meetings please call the extension office at (701) 683-6128.




Fun Family Meals

February 28, 2019
6:30 p.m.
Community Room, Ransom County Courthouse
Fee: $30

Deb Lee, Ransom county Extension Agent, will be sharing Ideas for Quick and Easy Family Meals as well as providing samples.  During the class you can Make a Kitchen Utensil Holder made of ceramic.  Decorate your holder using oil-based markers in any design you choose or even a favorite family recipe. 

Space is limited to 12 people.  Only prepaid registrations will guarantee your spot.

Registration Form - Due February 22



communicator january 2019Ransom County Extension - COMMUNICATOR Newsletter (January 2019)

Click the above link to get the entire newsletter and registration forms.

Inside the newsletter:


Getting it Right with Soybean Production

Friday, March 8, 2019 -rescheduled date
 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
West Wing, Ransom County Expo Center

"Agricultural production systems are very complex and new research information is generated annually," says Hans Kandel, NDSU Extension agronomist. "With marketing challenges, tight margins and unknown future weather conditions, it is important for producers to gain as much production knowledge as possible. These soybean educational meetings feature research-based information and can help producers with soybean production decisions for the 2019 growing season."

Speakers include the participating Extension agents; Dave Franzen, NDSU Extension soil specialist; Greg Endres, NDSU Extension cropping systems specialist; and Hans Kandel, NDSU Extension agronomist.

Topics that will be covered include:

* Factors to consider in selecting soybean fields, updated fertilizer recommendations, what factors contribute to iron deficiency chlorosis and questions about foliar application of micro nutrients

* Soybean variety selection; the latest information on various production issues, such as the importance of good root nodulation and water management; and the results of a four-year soybean production survey

* 2019 disease outlook, including an update on soybean cyst nematodes, as well as results of field research conducted in 2018 and information on how to manage soybean diseases

* Intensive soybean management, no-till and strip-till versus conventional-till methods, planting dates, plant populations and row spacing, special soybean inputs on the market and weed management issues


The North Dakota Soybean Council is sponsoring the Getting it Right in Soybean Production programs and lunch. The council oversees promotion, research and marketing programs funded by soybean checkoff dollars.

The meetings are free of charge. Preregistration is not necessary.

Ag of the Year Banquet –
Nominations due February 1

The 55th Annual Agriculturalist of the Year banquet will be held March 29.  The banquet will be held at the Expo Center which is located at the Ransom County Fairgrounds in Lisbon.  The newest Agriculturalist of the Year honoree will be introduced that evening as well as the Ransom County Soil Conservation District Seim-Forred winner. 

This year’s entertainment will be

Peterson Farm Bros

The group of brothers are from Assaria, KS and farm together with their parents.  They produce entertaining and educational videos on YouTube (ThePetersonFarmBros) and post continuous farming and video updates to social media pages.  They post parody music videos about farming as well as other videos about their lives on the farm.

Nominations for the Agriculturalist of the Year will be accepted until February 1, 2019.  Nomination guidelines and an application form are found on the Ransom County Extension Service website at: http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/ransomcountyextension/crops/crop-livestock-association .  Application forms are also available at the Ransom County Extension office and at the AgCountry Farm Credit Services office. 


Pesticide Trainings

Producers whose certifications will expire on April 1, 2019 will receive a letter from the Ransom County Extension and a registration form to attend a training in January. 

Training Dates are:
February 28 – Training 9:00 a.m.
Ransom County Courthouse Community Room

March 7 – Training 9:00 a.m.
Enderlin City Auditor's office, 411 Railway St.

March 26 (evening)  Training 5:30 p.m.
Ransom County Courthouse Community Room
Re-certification only

Letters will sent to certified producers in the first few weeks of January.  If you do not receive your letter or you know of someone who needs to become certified contact the Ransom County Extension office to register for one of the trainings.



Southeast Judging Classic

Saturday, February 23, 2019
Lisbon High School
Registration 8-8:30 a.m.

4-H and FFA members are invited to participate in the Southeast Judging Classic.  Contests that will be held are livestock, agronomy, hippology, ag sales, small animal care and environmental & natural resources.    Please preregister with a count of how many are coming from your 4-H or FFA so we can have a meal count by February 15.  Below are links to the letter with more details and the link to preregister.  If you have any questions contact our office at 701-683-6128.

Contest Letter

Meal Preregistration - due February 15

Coaches will register teams at each contest table in the registration area.  Separate contest registration sheets will not be used this year.




NDSU FeedList

FeedList Connects Livestock Feed Buyers, Sellers

NDSU’s FeedList helps livestock producers find the extra feed they need.

Wet growing conditions throughout North Dakota have some livestock producers needing additional forage this year.

Farmers and ranchers who have feedstuff such as hay or corn for sale can list it on North Dakota State University’s FeedList database, which is designed to connect feed sellers and buyers. Producers also may list pasture they have for rent.

FeedList, at http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/feedlist, shows what each seller has for sale, how the feed is stored (large round bales, small bales, etc.) and the seller’s contact information. Prospective buyers can select what they want to buy and contact the sellers. Using FeedList is free of charge.

North Dakota producers who want to buy or have feed to sell should contact their county Extension office to have the information added to FeedList. Out-of-state buyers and sellers can use an online form to submit their information.

Buyers and sellers who no longer need FeedList’s services should contact their county Extension office to have the entry removed.

The FeedList Web page also has links to similar services in other states and lists if feedlots are wanted or available and truckers are needed or available for hire.

“People sometimes forget that this isn’t just truckloads of hay,” says Carl Dahlen, NDSU Extension beef cattle specialist. “Rental pastures, custom feeding and other feed sources are welcome and encouraged as part of the list.”

FeedList has been available during feed shortages since the late 1970s.

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