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Research Profile - Michael Ostlie

“This research program is focused on a holistic approach to improving crop management in the Great Plains.  We are able to facilitate increased productivity and improved land management strategies that benefit everyone involved.”

Name: Michael Ostlie
Carrington Research Extension Center

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The Researcher

Dr. Ostlie began his career as the Research Agronomist at the Carrington Research Extension Center (CREC) in January, 2012.  Prior to that, he was a PhD student at Colorado State University where he developed non-GMO wheat lines resistant to the Assure II herbicide. He received an MS degree at NDSU in 2009, primarily working on downy brome control in no-till spring wheat. He and
his wife had their first child, Theodore, who just turned six months.   

The Research

Ostlie’s research looks at all facets of crop agriculture, including, but not limited to, cultivar evaluation, production inputs and techniques, cultural practices, soil and environmental health, and biology and physiology of plants.  Some specific studies include enhancing crop productivity in saline seeps, management of troublesome and herbicide resistant weeds, evaluation of niche crop production inputs, and crop germplasm evaluations.  The long term objectives are to increase crop productivity in central ND and increase the accessibility and utilization of NDSU research data.

Why it Matters

The agronomy program at the CREC is in a good position to influence large regions of the upper Great Plains and beyond. The CREC is currently investigating a number of novel concepts and previous anecdotal observations from a research perspective to expand the current understanding of parameters used for crop management decision making. The research generated from this agronomy program will address practical solutions to production management problems that are often applicable to a large demographic and geographic area.

Student Engagement

Undergraduate students are a part of Ostlie’s summer work force, and assist with plot maintenance as well as data collection.  Graduate students have also conducted research within the agronomy program. Due to the location and scale of operations, any students collaborating at the CREC gain extensive insight into the agriculture research process at every step.

Environment for Innovation

Conducting this project at the CREC allows for a great deal of latitude in research goals. This creates a continuous environment for innovative ideas, and subsequent building of new projects from previous years’ results. 

Contact information:

Mike Ostlie
Carrington Research Extension Center
663 Hwy 281 N Carrington, ND 58421


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