The Carrington Research Extension Center conducts a wide variety of agronomy research with emphasis in the following areas:
Alternative Crop Development:
Investigates existing and emerging alternative crops including borage, buckwheat, camelina, chickpea, crambe, field pea, flax, juncea, juneberry, lentil, lupin, niger thistle, onion, safflower, and others.
Crop Production and Management:
Develops, refines and improves crop production and management practices. Includes plant establishment (row spacing and populations), crop fertility, inoculation, crop rotations, planting dates and input application strategies.
Crop Variety Evaluations and Development:
Research conducted on barley, borage, buckwheat, camelina, canola, chickpea, corn, crambe, dry bean, durum, spring emmer, field pea, flax, forages, juneberry, lentil, lupin, millet, mustard, oats, onion, spring rye, winter rye, safflower, sorghum, soybean, spelt, sunflower, spring triticale, winter triticale, hard red spring wheat, and hard red winter wheat.
Cropping Systems and Crop Rotation Research:
Established in 1987, a long-term cropping systems trial evaluating rotations, tillage, and fertility.
Conduct extensive research on fungicide efficacy and application strategies. Evaluates disease resistance on potential new varieties.
Research focuses on observed and potential problems in production fields. Chemical and non-chemical products and cultural practices are evaluated to identify management systems with increased effectiveness and reduce costs.
Provides farmers and industry with best management practices to grow traditional and high-value crops. Potatoes, dry beans, soybeans, corn, small grains, carrots, onions, and others are being studied under irrigation. Dry land plots are established to compare yields with dry land farming.
Research trials on weed management in grass and broadleaf crops to screen herbicides for crop tolerance and to develop weed management strategies.
Horticulture and Forestry Variety Evaluations
CREC Extension specialists and researchers serve as resources for educators throughout the state. Seminars and demonstrations provide training in crop and livestock production and livestock waste management to agri-business and governmental resource persons across the state.
Foundation Seedstocks Program:
Part of NDSU’s Foundation Seedstocks Program focusing on seed increase, conditioning and distribution.
Northern Plains Fruit and Grape Production
The Northern Hardy Fruit Evaluation Project introduces growers, processors and consumers to unfamiliar yet healthy and delicious fruits which are easily grown in North Dakota so that new and existing agri-businesses can explore untapped markets.