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NDSU Libraries Visit NDSU Research Extension Centers

NDSU Libraries Dean Joe Mocnik and Agricultural Sciences Librarian Nicole Juve traveled across the state this summer to attend the annual field days at the Agronomy Seed Farm (ASF) and four of the Research Extension Centers. Each tour provided an opportunity to meet with NDSU researchers and staff working at stations across the state and to learn about their current projects, such as crop variety trials, using UAVs in agriculture, soil health, livestock management, pests and diseases of crops, and much more. These tours also provided an opportunity to meet with members of each community who contribute to the agricultural production in North Dakota. What a great way to see our land-grant mission in action! 

These visits were a first step to developing and expanding our services and outreach to the ND Agricultural Experiment Station and the NDSU Extension Service. To continue these efforts, we are currently developing a survey to assess the information needs of the staff and researchers at the Research Extension Centers, Agronomy Seed Farm, AES Main Station, and County Extension locations across the state. The survey is tentatively set to be distributed in August 2017. 

Here are some highlights from each tour. 

July 10 – Central Grasslands REC 

Grazing and prescribed fire impacts on plant diversity and growth, forage nutrition, bird nests, pollinators, and behavior of small mammals 
Bale grazing with poor-quality hay 
Beef cattle: performance, embryo transfer, and mineral consumption* 

July 11 – Hettinger REC 

Managing the effects of drought on rangelands, forage nutrition and yield, and livestock management 
Soil* 
Variety trials for wheat 
Small grains disease management 
Nitrogen timing & seeding rate for wheat 
Production and use of Carinata 
Weed control 
USDA authorizes use of Conservation Reserve Program lands for grazing
Issues with herbicide drift, including a ban of dicamba in Arkansas and Missouri 

July 12 – Dickinson 

UAV on the farm 
Applications of fertilizer 
Bio strip-till* and strip-till 
Sprayer cleaning tips 
Marketing outlooks  

July 17 – Agronomy Seed Farm 

UAVs for crop and wildlife management* 
Precision agricultural and digital data 
Crop variety trials: soybean, corn, and wheat 
Diseases in small grains and row crops 
Pests in cereal grains and row crops* 
Herbicide updates 

July 18 – Carrington 

Livestock production 
Organic research and education (oats, field peas, and the future of organic production)* 
Northern hardy fruits 
Production systems, plant nutrition, and new technologies 
Soil health workshop 

 

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Last updated: 8/3/2017