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Crop tours to highlight Carrington center field day

Two crop tours will be showcased during the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center annual field day scheduled for Tuesday, July 14. 

"This is our premiere summer event to showcase the center's research program," said Greg Endres, Extension area agronomist at the facility.

The crop tours will give participants the chance to view research trials and receive current production information. Crop variety performance, production management, plant nutrition and soil management will be highlighted.

The morning tour is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. It will include a review of spring and durum wheat, barley and dry bean cultivars by NDSU plant breeders. Endres and Extension agronomist Joel Ransom will discuss the status of corn, soybeans and end-of-season management. In addition, Blaine Schatz, center director and agronomist, will give an update on cool-season legumes with emphasis on field peas.

The second crop tour, starting at 1 p.m., will focus on two areas:

Crop Pest Management

• Michael Wunsch, center plant pathologist, will provide an update on managing white mold (sclerotinia) in soybeans, dry beans and sunflowers.

• Richard Zollinger and Kirk Howatt, weed scientists, will review weed management challenges and recommendations.

• Andrew Friskop, Extension plant pathologist, will review the impact and management of small-grain diseases.

Plant Nutrition and Soil Management

• Mike Ostlie, center research agronomist, will review work with winter rye in soybeans for soil protection and weed suppression.

• John Nowatzki, Extension agricultural machine systems specialist, and Paulo Flores, center nutrient management specialist, will lead a discussion on research with unmanned aerial systems.

• Jasper Tebow, center soil scientist, will highlight research work at the center and recommendations on sulfur management.

• Endres, Nowatzki and Ransom will review recommendations and methods for postemergence nitrogen application in corn to increase yield and post-anthesis application to increase protein in spring wheat.

In addition to the agronomy tours, field day visitors can attend fruit, livestock and sustainable agriculture tours.

For more information, contact the center at 701-652-2951.

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