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Western Dakota Crops Day set for Dec. 17

The 32nd annual Western Dakota Crops Day show is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 17, at the armory in Hettinger, North Dakota. 

Registration opens at 9 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts, and presentations start at 10 a.m. Participants will be able to view exhibits throughout the day.

"This year's crops day will provide excellent information on managing wheat diseases, the latest research on the positive impact of crop diversity in no-till cropping systems and the traditional variety performance and ongoing regional agronomy research," said John Rickertsen, NDSU Hettinger Research Extension Center research agronomist.

Conditions have been favorable for wheat diseases in southwestern North Dakota the last two years, causing yield reductions and issues with marketing grain.

Andrew Friskop, NDSU Extension Service plant pathologist will discuss the wheat disease outlook for 2016 and what can be done to manage diseases such as leaf rust, head scab, tan spot and root rot.

Mark Liebig, research soil scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture- Agricultural Research Service Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory Is scheduled to give a presentation on crop diversity and trends and outcomes in the northern Great Plains.

In addition, Rickertsen; Caleb Dalley, Hettinger Research Extension Center weed scientist; Pat Carr, Dickinson Research Extension Center research agronomist; and Ryan Buetow, Dickinson Research Extension Center area Extension cropping systems specialist, will present results form agronomy research in the western Dakotas.

The show also will include commercial exhibits by several seed, chemical and agricultural service companies displaying their newest products and innovations.

The event is free of charge and lunch will be provided. For more information, contact the Hettinger Research Extension Center at 701-567-4323.

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