Oakes Irrigation Site Field Day
Irrigation management while in a drought, white mold in soybeans and new potato varieties are some of the main topics that will be covered during this year’s field day at the North Dakota State University Oakes Irrigation Research Site -- Robert Titus Research Farm on Thursday, Aug. 4.
One of the best-kept secrets of south-east North Dakota might be the Oakes IRS. No, it’s not a small office for the Treasury Department; it’s the Oakes Irrigation Research Site, part of North Dakota State University’s network of Agriculture Experiment Station research sites and a sub-station of the Carrington Research Extension Center.
Also known as the Robert Titus Research Farm, this 40-acre site 4.5 miles south of Oakes is the workplace of three full-time NDSU staff, seasonal employees, and many research staff from the NDSU campus and the Carrington Research Extension Center. It’s a collaborative effort between NDSU and the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District focused on irrigated crop production.
The field day will begin with refreshments at 8:30 a.m. The tour will run from 9 a.m. to noon, with lunch following. Guests will ride through the site on covered tour wagons as research experts showcase their work with new irrigation technology, irrigating during a drought, and irrigated crop management.
Topics that will be covered and the presenters are:
- Overview of the Oakes site projects – Kelly Cooper, agronomist at the Oakes Irrigation Research Site
- New potato varieties - Susie Thompson, NDSU potato breeder
- Pros and cons of planting soybeans early - Hans Kandel, NDSU Extension agronomist
- Irrigation in a severe drought - Tom Scherer, NDSU Extension agricultural engineer
- Irrigation management sensors - Dean Steele, Associate Professor, NDSU Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
- Irrigated cover crops - Mike Ostlie, CREC agronomist
- White mold studies in soybeans - Michael Wunsch, CREC plant pathologist
Tour participants also will have the opportunity to review the irrigated corn hybrid and soybean performance tests.