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The top of a sunflower field with three large, yellow sunflower blossoms in the foreground, stretches toward the horizon where it meets a blue sky scattered with white puffy clouds.

Working with southwest North Dakota people to utilize and protect our air, soil and water
Our Objectives: For the families of North Dakota we research and report on agricultural methods that:

  • are SENSIBLE
  • appear SUSTAINABLE
  • advance STEWARDSHIP

Our Goal: Engage in science-based research that achieve SOLUTIONS. The Dickinson Research & Extension Center was established by the 1905 North Dakota Legislature as a research location representative of the Missouri Plateau region. The goal was to develop research on crop production for farmers of the region and to improve native and introduced forage crop production for cattle ranchers.

Over the years the Center has grown from the original 160 acres to the current 6,482 acres in several different locations in southwest North Dakota with 10 acres of certified organic land at the main station in Dickinson. 

Today, the Dickinson Research & Extension Center has a unique blend of staff and programs, conducting research in agronomy, livestock, integrated crop and livestock systems, rangeland, and horticulture. 

Annual Research Reports