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NDSU Extension 69th Annual Field Day

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The Minot area has had just over 21 inches of rain in 2013 at the NDSU Extension Center south of Minot --- that's about five inches more than the average for an entire year.

Director Jay Fisher says the cold, late and wet spring has caused a difficult year for farmers.

That means there was a lot to talk about at the 69th Annual Field Day at the Extension Center.

Fisher says that winter wheat will be a big this fall, so three of the speakers on hand focused on the crop.

Other topics included nitrogen fertilizer management and enhancing protein in spring wheat as well as production strategies for durum.

Fisher says weed control is a problem also associated with the high water table.

(Jay Fisher, NDSU District Extension Director) "There's always a concern with taking care of the land, but they've done a really good job with less tillage, reduced tillage farming, higher yields. And they never like to see weeds creep into these acreages so that's why we have three Ph.D. level weed scientists with about 80 years of experience to help answer those questions."

It was not only the rainfall that growers were fighting against this year.

Records have been kept at NDSU Extension Center for 107 years.

Fisher says, according to those records: 2013 was the coldest April on record --- and the Minot area had the 4th largest amount of snow.

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