Before the combines roll, and while the sprayers are at rest, ag producers were gathering Wednesday at the North Central Research Extension Center south of Minot for an in the field, first hand update on the latest crop research and what issues are at hand that could threaten this years crop.
(Jay Fisher, NCREC Director) Our annual field day is a chance where growers and agri-business people can come right out in the field, a living-learning classroom it's one chance in the whole growing season where we can actually experience what's here and we have many, many experts from our land grant University-NDSU in all the disciplines, so we bring the University to the people."
The research station also widened their crop plot variety to match the changing crop landscape across this region.
(Eric Eriksmoen, NDSU Agronomist) "And talk about some things that are becoming more and more important to this growing area and that's sunflowers, corn production and soybeans. And those are traditionally crops that, especially the corn and soybeans that have not been growing here in the past to a huge extent but they're becoming very important."
To get the most out of a field, also means combating pests and keeping weeds at bay.
Researchers, like Brian Jenks, say that some producers are finding it more difficult to combat weeds at their genetics evolve.
(Brian Jenks, NDSU Weed Scientist) "We definitely have to watch glyphosate resistant weeds. Some of our herbicides don't work quite as well as they used to in our wheat crops. The more we use it the more likely it is that we're going to find some bio-types out there that are resistant and we are seeing that in different parts of the state."
With North Dakota having one of the most diverse cropping systems in the nation, it requires expertise in all fields whether it be the different crops themselves, the insects eating them, the diseases threatening them or the weeds trying to overtake them.
Researchers say with so much financially on the line in the field for farmers, information can make all the difference in heading off a possible disaster and giving their crops the best fighting chance to reach full potential.
With Your Eye On Agriculture, Shaun Sipma KX News