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Williston Research Extension Center field days set

NDSU's Williston Research Extension Center has scheduled its annual dryland/horticulture field day Thursday, July 9, and its irrigation field day Friday, July 10. 

The dryland/horticulture event will be held at the center, while the irrigation program will be held at the NDSU Nesson Valley Research Farm. Both begin with refreshments at 8:30 a.m. CDT.

The crops tour will start at 9:15 a.m. with NDSU research and Extension specialists leading discussions on building soil health with cropping systems, soil physical quality, pulse points, land restoration success in western North Dakota, reclaiming soil disturbed by pipelines with crop rotations, durum wheat varieties and management, and unmanned aircraft applications for agriculture.

They also will give a cereal disease update.

A concurrent horticulture program will start at 9:15 a.m. at the Ernie French Center for persons interested in flowers, gardens and fruit production. Topics include growing hops in North Dakota and common problems in vegetable gardening.

A traditional barbecue chicken luncheon will be served at noon. Area businesses are sponsoring the luncheon.

Agricultural and energy-related issues will be featured during the afternoon. Topics include balancing oil and gas development and environmental protection, Northwest Landowners Association news and views, and getting to know about wine.

The irrigation crop tour will begin at 9 a.m. with NDSU research and Extension specialists discussing management of white mold in irrigated soybeans, soil health restoration, monitoring soil moisture with conductance soil moisture sensors, mapping soil variability using soil electrical conductivity, and irrigation production/cropping systems recommendations. They also will give a cereal disease update.

The irrigated field day will conclude with a noon luncheon sponsored by area businesses.

Following the field day on July 9, visitors can join Williston Economic Development, TrainND and the MonDak Ag Showcase at a premiere of the new TrainND facility at a Business After-Hours event from 5 to 7 p.m. The event will be held at the TrainND's new $7.5 million Northwest Center at 421 22nd Ave. E. in Williston.

For more information, call the center at 701-774-4315.

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