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Row Crop Field Days Set

Events planned for Beresford, S.D., and Carrington, N.D.

Plan to attend a row-crop field tours next week in Beresford, S.D., and Carrington, N.D. Here are details of each:

North Dakota event

A field day is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 2, at the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center.

Farmers, crop advisers and agricultural industry representatives are invited to attend a row-crop field tour scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 2, at the North Dakota State University Carrington Research Extension Center. The tour will begin at 3 p.m. and conclude with a sponsored supper.

According to Greg Endres, NDSU Extension Service area agronomist, participants will view field research trials and receive production recommendations on sunflowers, corn and soybeans.

The sunflower session will be conducted from 3 to 4:45 p.m. Current and future sunflower hybrid options for producers will be highlighted. Plant nutrition, including efficient use of nitrogen and phosphorus among tillage systems, will be discussed.

Disease issues to be discussed are sunflower rust impact and management, and hybrid screening for tolerance to sclerotinia (middle stalk and head rot). Also, the tour will provide tips on determining crop physiological maturity and the use of desiccants for a timely and efficient harvest.

A two-hour session focusing on corn and soybeans will begin at 5 p.m. at the Carrington REC's headquarters. Tour participants will hear presentations and be able to view research trials on soybean variety performance, crop establishment and plant nutrition, which include specialized inputs. Discussion during the corn session will include late-season plant development and pending management challenges with the harvest and storage.

Refreshment and meal sponsors are the North Dakota Soybean Council and Growers Association, National Sunflower Association, and North Dakota Corn Growers Association and Utilization Council. Each organization has been invited to provide brief updates on its activities during supper.

Four continuing education credits (3 credits for crop management, 0.5 credit for nutrient management and 0.5 credit for pest management) will be available at no cost for certified crop advisers.

Additional information about the tour is available from the Carrington REC at (701) 652-2951 or on the Web at www.ag.ndsu.nodak.edu/carringt.

South Dakota

The efficiency of making biofuels from corn grain and stover, perennial grasses, and other crops will be one of several topics addressed when the Southeast Research Farm near Beresford holds its fall tour.

The event is set for Wednesday, Sept. 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It takes place at Southeast Research Farm, located at 29974 University Road (six miles west from Beresford on state Highway 46, then three miles south on University Road).

SDSU Extension Weeds Specialist Mike Moechnig and Integrated Pest Management Coordinator Darrell Deneke will discuss new products for controlling weeds in corn. They'll also deal with factors influencing the effectiveness of glyphosate in soybeans.

SDSU Extension Grain Marketing Specialist Alan May will deal with crop insurance and risk management concerns with mycotoxins in corn and wheat.

Southeast Research Farm manager Bob Berg and associate professor Tom Chase will discuss monitoring for corn mycotoxins.

Extension Entomologist Mike Catangui and Brookings County Agronomy Educator Jon Kieckhefer will discuss pests of corn. They'll also deal with damage and grain quality issues associated with ear-feeding insects.

SDSU Soybean Research and Extension Entomologist Kelley Tilmon will discuss biological control for soybean aphids. Extension Plant Pathologist Larry Osborne will address soybean cyst nematodes.

Lunch will be provided courtesy of the Southeast South Dakota Experiment Farm Corp. Approval for Certified Crop Advisor Credits is pending.

For more information contact the farm by phone at (605) 563-2989, or by e-mail at se.farms@sdstate.edu.

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