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Annual MonDak Area Field Days Approaching


Froid, Sidney, and Williston have held annual Field Day Tours for many years to showcase their involvement and research within the agricultural world. The main purpose of Field Days is to inform and make the public aware of what the research centers around our area are performing and accomplishing. It is now that time of year where research centers are planting seeds in the ground and getting ready to present new ideas and studies for the public to analyze.

Froid Research Farm Field Day will be held on Thursday, June 22nd from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The Froid Research Farm can be found 8 miles north of Culbertson on Montana Highway 16. There will be special topics that include an update on Froid's new subsurface irrigation system, diseases on pulse crops, new chemicals, other considerations in spring wheat cropping systems, the impact of durum variety, and a presentation on improving the native plant establishment and persistence. There will also be a salt cedar ID workshop event. The afternoon will conclude with a free steak supper provided by the Roosevelt and Sheridan County Conservation Districts.

The USDA Agricultural Research Service's Northern Plains Ag Research Lab (NAPL) and Montana State University's Eastern Agricultural Research Center (EARC) will be combining their expertise for a joint Dryland Field Day. It is scheduled for June 23rd from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The purpose of combining both Field Days is to share their research with each other and local producers. Their Field Days will feature topics on the impact of durum variety and planting dates on fungal disease including Fusarium head blight, Wheat Streak Mosaic and rust, weed management on chickpeas in organic production systems, winter wheat breeding, and more. The day will then conclude with a lunch sponsored by the Richland County Extension Service. For more information on both Field Days call ARS at (406) 433-9427.

The Williston Research Extension Center, located 4.5 miles west of Williston, will be hosting their annual Dryland Tour on Thursday, July 13th. The event will start with coffee and rolls at 8:30 a.m. and the tour will begin at 9:00 a.m. The dryland tour will feature NDSU Extension specialists and researchers. After the morning tours, there will be a traditional barbecue chicken lunch starting at noon. Also featured at Williston Field Days is a Plant Dr. booth, where gardeners and local producers can bring in their diseased plants to get a diagnostic on what disease they may have. For addition information please contact (701) 774-4315.

The MSU Eastern Agricultural Research Center's Field Day is scheduled on Wednesday, July 19th. The MSU Eastern Agricultural Research Center is located one mile North of Sidney. There will be many featured speakers and there will also be a lunch starting around 12:30 pm. If you have any questions call, (406) 433-2208.


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