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Mondak Ag Showcase - Dr. Clair Keene Joins Williston Research Extension Center June 23, 2016

County Agent Update

Danielle Steinhoff




Mondak Ag Showcase

July 14-15 the Williston Research Extension Center will be hosting their annual field days. On Thursday July 14th starting at 8:30a.m., the dryland tour will start. This event is free and no registration is required. On the dryland tour you can learn about the new variety testing and research to the five steps to a great lawn. After a great BBQ chicken lunch, the afternoon session will start at 1:30 at the Ernie French Center. The afternoon session is dedicated to pulse crops with specialist from North Dakota State University, Pulse USA and AGT Foods present. To round out the night, join the Williston Regional Economic Development Corporation, Williston Economic Development and McCody Concrete, at McCody Concrete as they hose the Williston Chamber of Commerce Business After-Hours event. For more information contact the Williston Research Extension Center at 701-774-4315.



Dr. Clair Keene joins Williston Research Extension Center

Dr. Clair Keene joined the Williston Research Extension Center as an Area Extension Specialist in Cropping Systems in February of this year.  Clair grew up in Bellevue, Nebraska and attended Iowa State University where she received her B.S. in biology and B.A. in Spanish.  She volunteered with the Lutheran Border Servant Corps for a year in Las Cruces, New Mexico working with survivors of domestic violence as an adult educator before pursuing graduate studies at The Pennsylvania State University.  Clair’s research focused on integrated weed management in reduced-tillage corn and soybean and the use of cover crops in organic grain rotations.  Clair had the opportunity to work with Penn State Extension and helped facilitate field days focused on weed identification, weed control, and organic grain production during her time in Pennsylvania.  Clair graduated from Penn State with a Ph.D. in agronomy in August of 2015 and is excited to join the North Dakota State Extension service and the Williston REC.

This summer, Clair is conducting research on herbicide options in safflower and saline seep reclamation with perennial forage crops.  Clair looks forward to working with area farmers and crop consultants on weed control issues and finding opportunities to diversify crop rotations for increased soil health and higher profitability.  If you would like to contact Clair, she can be reached at 701-774-4315.



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