Annual Western Dakota Crops Day set for Dec. 14

Regional agronomy research results, grazing cover crops and farm business management will be featured topics at the 34th annual Western Dakota Crops Day show being held at the Hettinger Armory on Thursday, December 14. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts with presentations starting at 10 a.m. Participants will be able to view exhibits and visit with vendors throughout the day.
In the past couple of decades, animals have played a reduced role on crop land due to being placed in confinement and fewer farms including livestock as part of their overall operation. There is increasing interest in bringing livestock back into cropping systems. Jay Fuhrer District Conservationist, USDA-NRCS will talk about grazing cover crops, annual crop residue and perennial forages to reduce nutrient export from our cropland and hayland fields. In lieu of transporting feed to a feed lot, we can reverse the roles and have the livestock graze the material in place. This recycles the majority of nutrients, minerals, vitamins, and carbon and can help manage weeds.
Levi Helmuth, Farm Management Education, Bismarck State College will talk about the farm business management education program. These programs provided by North Dakota Farm Management (NDFM) are designed to provide education to farm owners and operators or persons interested in farming. The purpose of the program is to assist clients in meeting their business and personal goals.
Results from agronomy research in the western Dakotas will be presented by Dr. Caleb Dalley NDSU Hettinger REC weed scientist; John Rickertsen NDSU Hettinger REC research agronomist; Ryan Buetow, NDSU Dickinson REC area Extension cropping systems specialist; Chris Graham, SDSU West River Ag Center Extension agronomist, Rapid City; and Patrick Wagner, SDSU Extension entomology field specialist, Rapid City. Topics will include updates on new crop varieties, new herbicides, crop production and current agronomy issues in the west river region. “This year’s crops day will provide excellent information on the improving soil health with cover crops and livestock, along with the traditional variety performance and ongoing regional agronomy research.” Rickertsen says.
The show will also 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 REC at (701)567-4323.
Upcoming Dates: December 12th – Christmas at the Courthouse 1-3pm

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