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CREC Field Day: Research for the Land and Its People (7/19/21)

Aerial view of the Carrington REC. Several buildings are surrounded by lines of tall trees. Green fields of drops are visible beyond the trees

Our annual Field Day will return to an in-person experience! Hosting an outdoor event has definite advantages this summer as we return to a new normal.

We welcome you to join us on Tuesday, July 20, for an informative look at the research and work conducted at the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center. If you’ve attended past Field Days, you’ll find our plans familiar. If this will be your first Field Day experience, we hope you enjoy your visit.

We’ll start the day at 9:00 a.m. with coffee, juice, and donuts.

NDSU Vice President for Agricultural Affairs Greg Lardy and a representative from the ND State Board of Agricultural Research and Education, along with CREC Director Blaine Schatz, will share comments and provide direction for the day. We’ll have extra wagons available to transport guests to any of our four morning tours, but individuals are welcome to travel in private vehicles, if desired.

Our most popular tour, Agronomy Research, splits into two groups but covers the same stops. Our agronomy tour will visit spring wheat, canola, corn, soybean, and dry bean plots to discuss variety trial performance and this year’s research efforts.

Our Livestock Unit will answer this year’s pressing issue, looking at drought topics specifically related to drylot cattle. Research updates will be provided.

In our orchard, guests can participate in a tour of the various fruit trees and bushes that tolerate and thrive in North Dakota’s northern climate.

Ancient grains, wheat flax intercropping, buckwheat and other cereal grain crops will be featured in this year’s organic and sustainable agriculture tour.

Morning tours start at 9:30 a.m. and return to our yard at noon for lunch.

Because we’ll need a little extra time (and space) this year to serve lunch safely, we’re going to schedule the return from each tour to provide better service, and we’ve added a few features to our noon break. We’ll pull some of our plot equipment into a viewing area with technicians on hand to answer questions about the features specific to plot-scale equipment. We’ll also have displays to test your knowledge of North Dakota’s wide range of food, feed, fuel, and fiber; and we’ll have an “Ask an Expert” booth on site.

There is a second agronomy tour in the afternoon, looking at precision agriculture topics including robotics, dry bean disease and remediation, and weed science.

For the full schedule and more information, visit the Carrington REC Field Day event page.

Participation in this activity/event is voluntary. NDSU Agriculture will take reasonable measures but cannot assure participants are protected from coronavirus and similar exposures.