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Williston Field Days


Don’t miss your chance to see agriculture up close! Whether you’re a farmer, landscaper, or flower and vegetable gardener, there is something for you during the Williston Research and Extension Center Field Days, July 14 and 15.

The Dry Land Field Day on will be on Thursday, July 14 located at the Extension Center, 14120 Hwy 2, Williston, ND. The day will begin at 8:30 a.m. central time, with coffee and rolls; Director of North Dakota State University Extension Service (NDSU) Chris Boerboom will be welcoming everyone at 9 a.m. and participants can choose from two tours, both beginning at 9:15 a.m.

The Dryland Tour will cover such topics as Dryland Variety Testing and Research presented by Gautam Pradhan, Impact of Cropping Sequencing on Disease Incidence and Beneficial Soil Organisms presented by Audrey Kalil, Herbicide Update and Troublesome Weeds given by Rich Zollinger and Kirk Howatt, Cropping Sequence Study presented by Don Tanaka, Cropping Systems in Pipeline Reclamation and Compaction Issues in Pipeline Reclamation both presented by Austin Link and Chris Augustin, Spray Risk Reduction Practices presented by John Nowatzki, and NDSU Barley Research and Varieties given by Rich Horsley. There will be 2.0 Montana private applicator credits available for attendance.

The Horticultural Tour will include topics such as All American Selections Display Garden given by Kyla Splichal, and Five steps to a Great Lawn presented by Tom Kalb, with a question and answer session to follow.

At noon there will be a free BBQ Chicken Lunch at the WREC Ernie French Center and attendants are encouraged to take part in trying to “Stump the Plant Doctors” by bringing in plants, leaves, branches, etc. that are diseased or damaged. The WREC staff will be available to answer questions and identify weeds, diseases, etc.

The afternoon session begins at 1:30 p.m. with a Pulse Crop Seminar. Discussions and presentations include Production and Contracting of Peas, Lentils, Faba Beans, and Cowpeas presented by Bryon Lannoye; Dick Roland presenting the History of Cool Season Legumes in our Region; Pulse Crop Scouting by Audrey Kalil; Pulse Crop Diseases given by Julie Pasche; Weed Control for Pulse Crops presented by Brian Jenks; Pulse Crop Varieties and Breeding by Tom Stefaniak; and a Pulse Crop Marketing Outlook Discussion Panel led by Safflower Technologies Inc., Viterra, AGT Foods, and Columbia Grain.

From 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. following the field day program, the Williston Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours will be held at McCody Concrete, 14021 Hwy 2. This social is open to the public and encourages anyone involved in Ag Business to stop in. The evening event will be hosted by the Williston Regional Economic Development Corporation, Williston Economic Development and McCody Concrete.

Friday, July 15 will be the Nesson Valley Irrigation Tour located 23 miles east of Williston on Hwy 1804. Rolls and coffee will be served from 8:30 to 9 a.m. Following a short welcome, the tour will begin at 9:15 a.m. Topics include the Nesson Valley Irrigation/Management Update given by Tyler Tjelde, Irrigated Variety Trial Update presented by Justin Jacobs, High Tunnel Vegetable Production presented by Kyla Splichal, Spotted Wing Drosophila Fruit Fly Research Project presented by Esther McGinnis, Pivot Irrigation Maintenance for Uniform Application given by Tom Scherer, Potato Research and Varieties given by Susie Thompson and Low Glycemic Potatoes given by Dave Sands. USDA Agricultural Research Service scientist Bart Stevens will also be discussing Cropping System Diversity Under Different Tillage Practices. There is 1.0 Montana private applicator credit available for attendance. A free lunch will follow the tour at 12 p.m.

The Williston Research Extension Center Field Days, lunches, and evening social are open to the public and no registration is required. For more information, contact the Williston Research and Extension Center at 701-774-4315.


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