The 2012 Lake Region Extension Roundup will be Jan. 3-4 in Devils Lake, N.D.
The annual event, which the NDSU Extension Service organizes, offers presentations on a wide range of agricultural production and family topics.
Both days start with breakfast at 8 a.m. General and concurrent sessions begin at 9:30 a.m. The general sessions are in the World War II Memorial Building. Concurrent sessions will be in the Memorial Building's basement, the Armory Room, and the Historical Room and meeting room in the adjoining Ramsey County Courthouse.
General session topics on Jan. 3 include slowing weed resistance, leaf tissue analysis and micro-nutrients, the 2012 spring wheat outlook, small-grain insect and disease transmission, applying fungicide for scab, adding adjuvants to spray solutions and why wheat yields were lower than expected.
Concurrent session topics that day include land worth, agricultural contracts, cover crops, cell phone applications for agriculture, salinity and tiling, land rent negotiations, farm transitions, Natural Resources Conservation Service conservation assistance for 2012, apple tree selection and growing tips, how to kill lawn weeds, a parenting tool box, winter wheat, corn-growing strategies and barley trends.
Topics for the general sessions Jan. 4 include controlling dandelions, Canada thistle, foxtail barley and yellow toadflax; the 2011 canola overview; corn industry update; 2011 fungicide response in wheat; new rust in spring wheat; and flexible rent options.
Concurrent session topics that day include using geographic information systems to enhance crop productivity, new findings in soybean production, dry beans, on-farm feedlot monitoring results, a cow's worth from a feeding perspective, maximizing the value of future calf crops, beef genomics, possible changes in the new farm bill, new opportunities in canola, managing prevented planting acreage, benefits and drawbacks of trees for conservation and on-farm tile drainage monitoring results.
Other events on Jan. 4 include the presentation of the Water Steward Award. Also, the guest speaker, cowboy poet and humorist Rodney Nelson, will focus on the light side of rural life.
Attending the roundup is free of charge. No registration is necessary. For more information, contact your county Extension Service office or Bill Hodous at (701) 662-7027 or firstname.lastname@example.org.