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Research Profile - Bryan Hanson

“It has been very rewarding watching the growth and development of the canola industry over the years. The Langdon Research Extension Center conducted research on all aspects of this crop and provided this information to producers. Today, hundreds of thousands of acres of canola are now grown in the northeast region and it is a major economic crop for many producers.”

Name: Bryan Hanson
Langdon Research Extension Center
9280 107th Ave NE, Langdon ND  58249

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The Researcher

Bryan Hanson’s career as a research agronomist at the Langdon Research Extension Center (LREC) began in September 1983.  Prior to that, he was a graduate student at Oklahoma State University where he received his M.S. in agronomy working on winter wheat production.  He received his B.S. in agronomy at NDSU.  He was raised on a small grain and livestock farm in Barnes County, ND.   He and his wife, Diane, have two grown children, a daughter and her husband who live in Fargo, and a son who attends NDSU.

The Research

The goal of Hanson’s research program is to evaluate small grain, row, oil and alternative crop cultivars for adaptation to the soil and environmental conditions of northeastern North Dakota.  He also studies crop and pest management strategies that improve efficiency and profitability of crop production in the northeast North Dakota region. The primary focus of his research is the evaluation of crop cultivars to determine the best combination of yield, disease and insect tolerance along with improved seed quality.  His long term objective is to provide the producers of his region with unbiased information for cultivars selection and production management strategies.

Why it Matters

For agriculture to remain a viable industry, producers must have access to appropriate crops, cultivars, plant protection and management techniques to meet current and future economic and environmental challenges.  It is his hope that the research generated at the LREC will contribute to solving these challenges. Cultivar evaluations are ongoing, as genetic improvements are made that need to be tested extensively to determine their adaptation to the northeast North Dakota region.   So, in a sense this research will never be finished.

Canola: An Important Crop for the Region

Farmer interest in canola started to grow in the 90’s and there was a lot for a research agronomist to learn about the crop.  The LREC conducted research on cultivar evaluation, herbicide tolerant technologies, seeding dates and rates, row spacing, planting depth, harvesting techniques, fungicide studies for disease control of sclerotinia and blackleg, cultural and insecticide studies for the control of flea beetles, among others.  It was exciting for Bryan Hanson to be a part of this as hundreds of thousands of acres of canola are now grown in the northeast region of ND and it is a major economic crop for many producers. 

Student Engagement

Undergraduates from a variety of majors assist with summer plot maintenance and data collection.   Over the years some of these students have gone on to graduate school in agriculture to further their education.  A number of graduate students from NDSU have conducted part of their research at the LREC over the years, as well.

Contact Information:

Bryan Hanson
Research Agronomist
Langdon Research Extension Center
9280 107th Ave NE
Langdon, ND  58249


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