Three trailers, loaded with people
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Carrington REC

Another (almost) normal week

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You might think, given all of the recent media activity, that Field Days are the only public-facing events that occur at NDSU’s out-state Research Extension Centers. That is certainly not the case!

Make no mistake, we ARE thick in the middle of Field Day season, and we heartily encourage you to attend at least one REC Field Day every year.

But, as I write this update on the Friday before our Field Day, we are awaiting an active group of Extension horticulture and forestry professionals to meet at our central North Dakota location for in-service training. Kathy Wiederholt will guide their tour of our Northern Hardy Fruit Production orchard as part of their day.

On the Monday before Field Day (probably as you read this), Greg Endres will be in Griggs County for a Wheat Production Field Day, providing support to NDSU Griggs County Extension Agent Jeff Stachler.

Tuesday, you’ll all join us, right? (Did we mention that we’re holding a Field Day?) There will be four concurrent tours (Agronomy, Beef Production, Regenerative Soils, and Northern Hardy Fruit Production) in the morning, a catered picnic lunch, and two concurrent tours in the afternoon. We will also house a couple of board meetings that afternoon, after the board members who serve those groups have attended our morning tours.

Thursday is another active day – we are hosting 50 college ag students and faculty for a Field Lab, and hosting another 15-20 people for a driving tour of the CREC.

Friday (and again, the following Friday), we are hosting a candidate for an open research position here at the CREC. That’s a full day of meetings for the selection committee, and the rest of us will at least meet each candidate and will have the opportunity to listen to a public seminar.

And that’s a (almost) normal week for us. That doesn’t include various Zoom and Teams meetings with colleagues as we continue our progress on various topics. It certainly doesn’t include the life that cannot be placed on hold – crops and cattle continue to grow, research protocols must be followed – and all that progress must be charted (and, in the case of the cattle, fed), and grant proposals must continue to develop and report.

But this week, we sincerely invite you to join us for our 64th annual Field Day. We believe in the research we do, and we are eager to answer your questions. No reservation is necessary, except to register for Stop the Bleed trauma response training at 1:30 p.m. during our Field Day. Donuts and coffee will be ready during our welcome statements at 9:00 a.m. We hope to see you soon.

Linda Schuster
Administrative Assistant