WREC Field Day Scheduled For July 10 & 11

The Williston Research Extension Center will host their annual Field Days July 10 and 11 at their Williston and Ray locations. The Dryland/Horticulture Tour will start Wednesday, July 10, at 3 p.m. CT with registration, and the welcome and tour starting at 4 p.m. The location for the first tour is 14120 Hwy. 2 W., Williston. The Irrigated Field Day on July 11 will take place at the Nesson Valley Irrigated Research site at 5154 112th Ave. NW, Ray, ND.

Tentatively, stop one on the tour will be “Maintaining Markets with Research Information”, and Edson Ncube topic will be “Grain Quality: 2023 DON Levels in Durum and HRSW in Western, ND”. Stop two is “Technology and Management”, and the new Wintersteiger No Till Research Planter, and its electronic precision and mechanics will be covered. Gautam Pradham will speak on “Feasibility of growing a new oil crop in the MonDak Region,” and Justin Jacobs will discuss “Intercropping and managing for In-Field Productivity.” Stop three is “Focusing on the MonDak Region’s Contributions to Leadership in Key Oilseeds,” with Dr. Rahman presenting on Canola and Flax varieties.

Stop four is “Foundation Seed”; Brian Otteson’s topic is “An Advance Look at NDSU varieties to benefit the regions producers,” Kyle Dragseth’s “Varieties coming forward at the Willison REC,” and David Weltikol’s “Optimizing WREC Seed Increase Program with commercial technologies.” For Stop five, “Protecting from Weed Pressures,” Charlie Lim will cover “Kochia and other weeds to monitor and control”. Stop six is “Cover Crop: Protecting our Resource Productivity”, where Chris Augustin will share “Cover Crop Demonstration” and Keith Brown “Cover Crop Mix Trials.” The last stop of the day, stop seven, “Soil Health and Productivity” has Jim Staricka discussing changing conditions that have impacted soil productivity and expected responses to management strategies, and what they have seen at WREC. Chris Augustin will close with “Lime recommendations for challenged fields.”

Also speaking during the Horticulture Field Day will be Dr. Thomas Kalb, Extension Horticulturist and Kyla Splichal, City Arborist; their topics have yet to be announced. Rojee Chipalu-Pradhan, Horticulture Specialist, will have a presentation on Haskaps. After the tour, at 7 p.m., a steak and lamb dinner, sponsored by local businesses, will be served to attendees.

The Irrigated Field Day at Nesson on July 11 will open with Registration at 8:30 a.m., and the tour starting at 9 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon and is sponsored by Agri-Industries.

Justin Jacobs, WREC Irrigation Specialist, will speak on variety trials and intercropping. Wade Webster, NDSU Soybean Pathology Specialist will cover soybean diseases and Andrew Friskop, NDSU Extension Pathologist, small grain diseases. Discussing weed trials at Nesson Valley, will be WREC extension weed specialist, Charlie Lim. NCREC Weed scientist Brian Jenks will give his talk on “Managing Resistance Weeds in the MonDak Region”. Tyler Tjelde, Irrigation Agronomist will give a Nesson Valley research update.

NDSU Soybean breeder techs Gustavo and Cole will speak on VT’s and drought experiments. Rob Proulx, NDSU ABEN, will share information on farm technology. Lastly, Dr. Rahman will tentatively be presenting on a flax and canola topic.

The NDSU Development Foundation will be giving out free handouts and door prizes during the tour, and the STOP THE BLEED training will be available to those who registered before the event.

Schedule may be subject to change without notice.


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