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Research Profile - Eric Eriksmoen

“I’m excited to be one of the ‘chosen’ few who get the opportunity to help figure out how to grow the bio-energy potential crop, Carinata, in North Dakota. Bio-energy production is still in its infancy but I believe it will continue to become more important to our national security in the long run.”

Name: Eric Eriksmoen
North Central Research Extension Center, Minot
Research Agronomist

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The Researcher 

Eric Eriksmoen has served as a research agronomist at the NCREC since May 2012.  Previously, he worked as a research agronomist at the Hettinger Research Extension Center for 24 years. He received a B.S. degree in agronomy and M.S. degree in plant breeding and genetics at North Dakota State University.  In addition, he gained experience in farming practices while working on his family farm in Leeds, North Dakota, and while in Tanzania, Africa, where he worked alongside his father in agricultural development on a seed farm.

The Research

The primary focus of his research is on varietal development.  He assists in the development of adapted crop varieties that are higher yielding, have better resistance to pests and have improved seed qualities. His long term objective is to develop relationships with farmers, agricultural consultants and private industry as the “go to” person for unbiased and reliable information.  Recently, his station has conducted research on Carinata (Brassica carinata).  This plant, also known as Ethiopian mustard, is currently being commercialized as a potential bio-energy feedstock.  The crop has growth habits similar to canola, with similar pest problems that are familiar to North Dakota producers.  It has the potential to produce oil contributing to bio-energy production. 

Why it Matters

Farmers will need to continue to increase their productivity to feed a growing world.  Hopefully the research that the NCREC conducts will help provide farmers of the region with the knowledge and technology to be more productive. Variety and crop development are continuous processes; the new varieties that NDSU release provide additional income and reduce risk to ND producers.  The bio-energy research we are conducting will continue to become more important to the US national security, in the long run.

His Advice to Students

Research requires a lot of repetition and precision, so being patient and attentive are qualities that are important in this line of work.  Also, listen to what producers are saying. They’re the people whose livelihoods ultimately depend on what you do and discover.

Contact information

Eric Eriksmoen
Research Agronomist
North Central Research Extension Center
5400 Highway 83 S.Minot, ND 
58701(701) 857-7677



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