The DIRT Workshop focuses on innovative practices in soil health, research guiding management recommendations and technology available to support on-farm application.  Soil health experts are brought together to share information during a VIRTUAL event hosted LIVE by Tim Hammerich, Soil Sense podcast, and Dr. Abbey Wick, NDSU Extension Soil Health.

Prior to the virtual event, you’ll get exclusive information during the “7 Days to Prepare for DIRT”.  This includes daily emails starting on December 1, with links to videos, podcast episodes and online written materials.  Daily content will take 20 minutes or less to view, listen to or read.

During the LIVE-hosted virtual event, you’ll get to (1) view new field videos recorded in 2020 of research plots and on-farm soil health approaches, (2) interact with farmer, researcher and consultant panels, (3) join discussion groups and hang out in a virtual hallway and (4) visit a Virtual Exhibit Hall with a LIVE chat function and message center for sponsors and exhibitors.

After the virtual event, you’ll still have access to the event webpage to re-watch material recorded during the live-hosted event and also dive deeper into additional content we’ll post throughout the winter.  Don’t worry, we’ll send you links to the new content we post!

$50

Register online through December 7, 5:00pm

7 Days to Prepare for DIRT

Starting December 1, take 20 minutes or less each day to get yourself ready for the DIRT Workshop!  You’ll receive links to short videos, Field Check podcast episodes and other online materials on the following topics.  Be sure to register by November 30 to get all this great information sent directly to your email inbox.

December 1: Getting Familiar with Soil Health

December 2: Types of Cover Crop

December 3: Grazing Management with Cover Crops

December 4: Cover Crops in Corn and Soybean

December 5: Cover Crops after Small Grains

December 6: Soil Health Practices for Managing Water

December 7: How to Navigate Tomorrow’s Virtual DIRT Workshop

DECEMBER 8

8:45 – 9:15 Meet Your Hosts and Get Ready

Start the day off by meeting your hosts, Tim Hammerich from the Soil Sense and Field Check podcasts and Dr. Abbey Wick with NDSU Extension Soil Health.   We’ll let you know how we are going to make this an exciting and entertaining couple of days.  You’ll also hear about practices prior attendees are considering adopting or recommending after last year’s first annual workshop.

9:15 – 9:35 Healthier Soils: Not Just a Prescription, but Rather a Pursuit

Tim Hammerich will share his perspective on what’s happening with soil health in North Dakota.  As host of both the Soil Sense and Field Check podcasts, he’s visited with over 50 farmers, consultants, researchers and Extension about how they are working together to understand and advance the use of soil health practices on-farm.  This will set the stage for how to approach building healthier soils – not just a prescription, but rather a pursuit.

Session 1: Adopting Conservation Tillage

9:35 – 9:45 Field Videos – Reducing Tillage

Field videos on soil health and reduced tillage will be used to introduce those leading the research discussion.  Gain insight from these experts on science-driven soil health approaches.

Soil Temperature Part 1: Comparing Conventionally Tilled vs. No Tilled Temperatures with Anthony Bly (SDSU)

Reduced Tillage Soil Moisture and Temperature with Aaron Daigh (NDSU)

Management Practices at the SHARE Farm with Caley Gasch (NDSU)

 

9:45 – 10:15 Research Discussion – Management in Reduced Tillage Systems

Anthony Bly, SDSU 

Aaron Daigh, NDSU                     

Caley Gasch, NDSU       

CEU’s Offered: 0.5 Soil and Water

 

10:15 – 10:30 Break and Visit Virtual Exhibit Hall 

 

10:30 – 11:00 On-Farm Tips and Ideas – Reducing Tillage

Sam Landman, Logan Center, ND

Steven Schuster, Minto, ND

Lee Trautman, Jamestown, ND

 

CEU’s Offered: 0.5 Soil and Water

 

11:00 – 12:30 Café Talks

Three rounds of 30-minute discussion sessions hosted on a dozen different topics.  Take this opportunity to talk with presenters and others working in the area of soil health.  There will also be a virtual hallway where attendees can relax and catch up with others on whatever topic they’d like.

CEU’s Offered: Listed Below

  1. Soil Biology Function – Caley Gasch (NDSU), Julianne Racine (NDSU Extension LaMoure Co.), Susan Samson-Liebig (NRCS) CEU: 0.5 Soil and Water
  2. Details Matter – Soil Health System Considerations – Lee Briese (Centrol Ag), Angie Johnson (NDSU Extension Steele Co.), Kevin Seitz (NRCSCEU: 0.5 Crop Management
  3. Getting into a Reduced Till System – Aaron Daigh (NDSU), Katelyn Landeis (NDSU Extension Grand Forks Co.), Lance Duey (NRCS) CEU: 0.5 Soil and Water
  4. Managing Wet Fields, Ruts and Compaction – Anthony Bly (SDSU), Eric Barsness (SD NRCS), Kelly Leo (NDSU Extension Williams Co.), Brad Jacobs (NRCS) CEU: 0.5 Soil and Water
  5. Planting Green with Soybean and Edible Beans – Greg Endres (NDSU), Anitha Chirumamilla (NDSU Extension Cavalier Co.), Aaron Field (NDSU, ND State Soil Conservation Committee), Shelby Larson (NRCS) CEU: 0.5 Crop Management
  6. Sugar Beets, Cover Crops and Soil Health – Amit Chatterjee (NDSU), Brad Brummond (NDSU Extension Walsh Co.), Rita Sveen (NRCS) CEU: 0.5 Crop Management
  7. Fertility in Reduced Till Systems – Dave Franzen (NDSU), Paige Brummond (NDSU Extension Ward Co.), Branden Bott (NRCS) CEU: 0.5 Nutrient Management
  8. Managing Weeds in Reduced Till – Joe Ikley (NDSU), Jeff Stachler (NDSU Extension Griggs Co.), Angela Moch (NRCS) CEU: 0.5 Integrated Pest Management
  9. Managing Disease in Cover Crop Systems – Andrew Friskop (NDSU), Jill Lagein (NDSU Extension Traill Co.), Jared Andrist (NRCS) CEU: 0.5 Integrated Pest Management
  10. Economics for Soil Health Systems – David Ripplinger (NDSU), Randy Grueneich (NDSU Extension Barnes Co.), CJ Cerise (NRCS) CEU: 0.5 Professional Development
  11. Interseeding Cover Crops in Corn – Marisol Berti (NDSU), Sheldon Gerhardt (NDSU Extension Logan Co.), Andy Gross (NRCS) CEU: 0.5 Crop Management
  12. Cover Crops after Wheat or Barley – Hans Kandel (NDSU), Melissa Seykora (NDSU Extension Sargent Co.), Roberto Luciano (NRCS), Melinda Ferguson (NRCS) CEU: 0.5 Crop Management
  13. Virtual Hallway – open for any to drop in

 

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch Break and Visit Virtual Exhibit Hall

Session 2: Fine Tuning Cover Crops

1:30 – 1:45 Cover Crop Highlights from Soil Sense

Tim Hammerich and Abbey Wick

Tim and Abbey will bring us back after lunch by sharing some of the interesting cover crop practices highlighted on the Soil Sense podcast. There’s a connection between both research of practices and how they are being applied on-farm and vice-versa, how on-farm work in driving research questions.

 

1:45 – 2:00 Field Videos – Cover Crops

Field videos collected this fall on using cover crops in corn, soybean and after small grains will be shown to introduce those leading the research discussion.  See what researchers are learning across North Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin.

 

Managing Fertility with Cover Crops in Rotation with Dave Franzen (NDSU)

Use Cover Crops to Build Soil Health on Your Farm with Practical Farmers of Iowa

Cover Crop Options after Small Grain Harvest with Hans Kandel (NDSU)

Managing Cover Crops in Wisconsin with Matt Ruark (UW Madison)

 

2:00 – 2:40 Regional Research Discussion – Cover Crops

Dave Franzen, NDSU

Stefan Gailans, Practical Farmers Iowa

Hans Kandel, NDSU

Matt Ruark, U Wisconsin Madison

CEU’s Offered: 1.0 Crop Management

 

2:40 – 3:00 Break and Visit Virtual Exhibit Hall

 

3:00 – 3:30 On-Farm Tips and Ideas – Cover Crops

Greg Amundson, Gilby, ND

Dan Forgey, Gettysburg, SD

Tony Wagner, Jamestown, ND

 

CEU’s Offered: 0.5 Crop Management

 

3:30 – 3:40 Field Videos – Cover Crops in Specialty Crops

Field videos highlighting research on cover crops in dry beans, sugar beets and sunflower will be used to introduce those leading the research discussion.  By visiting their research plots, you’ll get a feel for how recommendations are being made for incorporating cover crops while reducing risk of impact on the cash crop.

Checklist for Cover Crops and Sugar Beets with Amit Chatterjee (NDSU)

 Planting Green into Cereal Rye with Dry Beans with Greg Endres (NDSU)

 Cover Crops in Sunflower with Abbey Wick (NDSU)

 

3:40 – 4:10 Research Discussion – Cover Crops in Specialty Crops

Amit Chatterjee, NDSU

Greg Endres, NDSU

Abbey Wick, NDSU

CEU’s Offered: 0.5 Crop Management

 

4:10 – 4:15 Wrap up to Day 1

Tim Hammerich and Abbey Wick

We’ll touch on highlights of the first day of the DIRT Workshop and make sure everyone is ready for the content in Day 2.

DECEMBER 9

8:45 – 9:00 Welcome Back to DIRT

Tim Hammerich and Abbey Wick

Innovation is key to advancing soil health practices.  In this first session of Day 2, we’ll share information about those innovative ideas from research, consultant and farmer perspectives.

We’ll dive into our first innovative approach on wide-row corn with cover crops, this came up a few times during the Soil Sense podcast and check-in with those who did research on it and those who tried it on their farms.

Session 3: Innovative Ideas Being Evaluated

9:00 – 9:20 Field Videos – Wide-Row Corn Research

The concept of wide row corn is new for our region and has certainly gained a lot of interest from farmers.  Watch field videos collected this fall from research plots and a replicated in-field experiment using cover crops in wide-row corn.  This will introduce our next discussion with researchers and an independent crop consultant about benefits and concerns with this practice.

Comparing 60” and 30” Corn in On-Farm Research with Lee Briese (Centrol Ag)

Wide-Row Corn: Agronomic Considerations and Goals with Mike Ostlie and Kelly Cooper (NDSU

Comparing 30” and 60” Plant Population and Cover Crop Selection with Joel Ransom (NDSU)

 

9:20 – 9:50 Research Discussion – Wide-Row Corn

Lee Briese, Centrol Ag

Kelly Cooper, NDSU

Mike Ostlie, NDSU

Joel Ransom, NDSU

CEU’s Offered: 1.0 Crop Management

 

9:50 – 10:05 Field Videos – Wide-Row Corn On-Farm

You’ll get to see the on-farm experiments as we introduce the farmers and ranchers for the next discussion.  Learn more about the goals of each farmer/rancher in trying this practice, the things they’d keep the same or change as they learn more about how this practice might (or might not) work for their operations.

Wide-Row Corn: Navigating the System On-Farm with Tyler Zimmerman (Leonard, ND)

 Twin Row Spacing on 60” Corn with Joe Breker (Rutland, ND)

 Growing Vegetables in 60” Corn with Mike Schaefer (New Rockford, ND)

Wide-Row Corn for Silage and Grazing at Chris Walberg’s Ranch (Leonard, ND)

 

10:05 – 10:35 On-Farm Tips and Ideas – Wide Row Corn

Joe Breker, Farmer, Rutland, ND

Mike Schaefer, farmer, New Rockford, ND

Chris Walberg, Farmer/Rancher, Leonard, ND

Tyler Zimmerman, Farmer, Leonard, ND

 

CEU’s Offered: 0.5 Crop Management

 

10:35 – 10:50 Break and Visit Virtual Exhibit Hall

 

10:50 – 12:20 Café Talks

Three rounds of 30-minute discussion sessions hosted on a dozen different topics.  Take this opportunity to talk with both presenters and others working in the area of soil health.  There will also be a virtual hallway where attendees can relax and catch up with others on whatever topic they’d like.

CEU’s Offered: Listed Below 

  1. Cover Crops in Corn – Joel Ransom (NDSU), Kelly Cooper (NDSU), Breana Kiser (NDSU Extension Dickey Co.), Pamela Copenhauer (NRCS) CEU: 0.5 Crop Management
  2. Managing Salinity – Naeem Kalwar (NDSU), Kyle Aasand (NDSU Extension Cass Co.), Ryan Thorson (NRCS) CEU: 0.5 Soil and Water
  3. Managing Sodicity – Cheryl Reese (SDSU), Crystal Schaunaman (NDSU Extension McIntosh Co.), Bobbie Ostrum (NRCS), Lance Howe (NRCS) CEU: 0.5 Soil and Water
  4. Low pH Soil Management – Ryan Buetow (NDSU), Mark Liebig (USDA-ARS Mandan, ND), Renae Gress (NDSU Extension Morton Co.), Ruth Anderson (NRCS) CEU: 0.5 Soil and Water 
  5. Compost and Manure Management – Mary Keena (NDSU), Hannah Nordby (NDSU Extension Adams Co.), Ariana Oswald (NRCS) CEU: 0.5 Nutrient Management
  6. Managing Livestock when Grazing – Miranda Meehan (NDSU), Rachel Wald (NDSU Extension McHenry Co.), Jody Forman (NRCS) CEU: 0.5 Crop Management
  7. Selecting Cover Crops for Grazing – Kevin Sedivec (NDSU), Jeff Gale (NDSU Extension Foster Co.), Loyd Alveshere (NRCS) CEU: 0.5 Crop Management
  8. Relay Cropping and Winter Camelina – Russ Gesch (USDA-ARS Morris, MN), Penny Nester (NDSU Extension Kidder Co.), Jessica Elder (NRCS) CEU: 0.5 Crop Management
  9. Interseeding with Alfalfa – Marisol Berti (NDSU), Emily Leier (NDSU Extension Emmons Co.), John Bauer (NRCS), Jenn Bullinger (NRCS) CEU: 0.5 Crop Management
  10. Intercropping – Mike Ostlie (NDSU), Devan Leo (NDSU Extension McKenzie Co.), Jesse Mastrian (NRCS) CEU: 0.5 Crop Management
  11. The Root Zone – Sam Banerjee (NDSU), Brenden Klebe (NDSU Extension Pierce Co.), Jerry Wingenbach (NRCS) CEU: 0.5 Soil and Water
  12. Virtual Hallway

 

12:20 – 1:30 Lunch Break and Visit Virtual Exhibit Hall

 

1:30 – 1:40 Find Out What’s Next

Tim Hammerich and Abbey Wick

Afternoon sessions include highly specialized topics that were also highlighted in the Soil Sense podcast.  We’ll talk more about grazing cover crops and managing problematic areas with salts or low pH soils.  Then we’ll finish off with approaches that push the envelope, like intercropping, relay cropping and interseeding perennials.   This afternoon is definitely going to get you thinking out of the box!

Session 4: Livestock and Soil Health

1:40 – 1:50 Field Videos – Grazing Cover Crops

New 2020 field videos on grazing cover crops will be used to introduce those leading the research and rancher discussion.  Find out how they are testing new approaches and applying those practices with livestock producers in North Dakota.

Livestock and Cover Crops: Winter Cereals for Grazing with Kevin Sedivec (NDSU)

Livestock and Cover Crops Grazing Management with Miranda Meehan (NDSU)

Compost and Manure Management with Mary Keena (NDSU)

Black Leg Ranch – ND Leopold Award in 2016 with Jerry and Renae Doan (McKenzie, ND)

 

1:50 – 2:30 Discussion – Grazing Cover Crops

Jerry Doan, Rancher, McKenzie, ND

Mary Keena, NDSU

Miranda Meehan, NDSU

Kevin Sedivec, NDSU

 

CEU’s Offered: 1.0 Crop Management

Session 5: Managing Problematic Areas

 2:30 – 2:35 Field Videos – Salt-Affected Soils

Take a tour with Extension to visit on-farm demonstrations addressing saline and sodic soil management.  Meet the experts on our next panel as they figure out how to make these areas more productive.

Soil Salinity Impacts and Management with Naeem Kalwar (NDSU)

Sodic Soil Management with Cheryl Reese (SDSU)

 

2:35 – 3:05 Research Discussion – Managing Salts

Naeem Kalwar, NDSU

Cheryl Reese, SDSU

 

CEU’s Offered: 0.5 Soil and Water

 

3:05 – 3:20 Break and Visit Virtual Exhibit Hall

3:20 – 3:30 Field Videos – Managing Low pH Soils

Visit the lab and field to learn more about soil acidification and management.  Meet the experts on our next panel as they figure out how to make these fields more productive.

 Soil Acidification with Annual Cropping with Mark Liebig (USDA ARS)

Managing Low pH Soils with Ryan Buetow (NDSU

 

3:30 – 3:50 Research Discussion – Managing Low pH Soils

Ryan Buetow, NDSU Dickinson Research Extension Center

Mark Liebig, USDA ARS, Mandan, ND

CEU’s Offered: 0.5 Soil and Water

Session 6: Practices Pushing the Envelope

3:50 – 4:00 Field Videos – Intercropping and Relay Cropping

See the research being done by those leading our final discussion on intercropping, relay cropping and perennials in annual crops.  They share why these practices could be used, how it’s working and what to expect.  Get the information you need to reduce risk if you want to try some of these practices.

Intercropping Basics: Growing Two Crops at One Time with Mike Ostlie (NDSU)

 Intercropping Alfalfa in Corn with Marisol Berti (NDSU)

 Relay Cropping with Winter Camelina and Soybean with Russ Gesch (USDA ARS)

 

4:00 – 4:30 Research Discussion – Intercropping and Relay Cropping

Marisol Berti, NDSU

Russ Gesch, USDA ARS, Morris, MN

Mike Ostlie, NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center

CEU’s Offered: 0.5 Crop Management

 

4:30 – 4:45 See You Next Year…

Thanks for joining the 2020 Virtual DIRT Workshop!  We’re looking forward to 2021 when hopefully we can meet in person.  But, who knows, we may still offer the virtual experience as part of a hybrid event.

Be sure to fill out your program evaluations in your email inbox so we can gauge the effectiveness of the virtual format and make these important decisions for how to host DIRT 2021!

2020 SPONSORSHIP:

$4000 PLATINUM

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  • Logo displayed (scrolling) for ENTIRE 2-DAY LIVE broadcast (on the main screen behind hosts)
  • Logo used on ONE “sneak peek” promotional video released prior to LIVE event
  • Logo displayed on ONE of the SEVEN emails to attendees as part of the “7 Days to Prepare for DIRT” (running 12/1-12/7)
  • Space in the virtual exhibit hall with the option to have LIVE chat function and/or message center
  • 6 online registrations
  • Logo on webpage and displayed during breaks 

$3000 GOLD

  • Logo displayed (scrolling) for ENTIRE 2-DAY LIVE broadcast (on the main screen behind hosts)
  • Logo used on ONE “sneak peek” promotional video released prior to LIVE event
  • Logo displayed on ONE of the SEVEN emails to attendees as part of the “7 Days to Prepare for DIRT” (running 12/1-12/7)
  • Space in the virtual exhibit hall with the option to have LIVE chat function and/or message center
  • 5 online registrations
  • Logo on webpage and displayed during breaks 

$2000 SILVER

  • Logo displayed (scrolling) for a HALF DAY of Sessions during the LIVE broadcast (on the main screen behind hosts)
  • Logo displayed on ONE of the SEVEN emails to attendees as part of the “7 Days to Prepare for DIRT” (running 12/1-12/7)
  • Space in the virtual exhibit hall with the option to have LIVE chat function and/or message center
  • 4 online registrations
  • Logo on webpage and displayed during breaks 

$1000 BRONZE

  • Logo displayed on ONE of the SEVEN emails to attendees as part of the “7 Days to Prepare for DIRT” (running 12/1-12/7)
  • Space in the virtual exhibit hall with the option to have LIVE chat function and/or message center
  • 3 online registrations 
  • Logo on webpage and displayed during breaks 

$600 EXHIBITOR

  • Space in the Virtual Exhibit Hall with the option to have LIVE chat function and/or message center
  • 2 online registrations 
  • Logo on webpage and displayed during breaks 

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