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Promoting Agriculture in Oil Country

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The Nesson Valley has been home to agriculture research since 1907.

Now the Williston Research Extension Center is helping area farmers and ranchers with the transition to co-exist with the oil industry.

This week, at the MonDak Ag Showcase in Williston, the industries came together to discuss oil as it impacts agriculture and reclamation.

Farmers were also encouraged to be vigilant in getting legal advice when writing easements for their property.

Other topics included dust control and satellite imaging for precision agriculture.


Today the group headed to the fields at the Nesson Valley irrigation project.

The research facility is growing 21 different crops this season.

The extension center is looking for ways to improve different irrigation rates in crop production and to improve water use efficiency.

One Irrigation Agronomist on the tour says that while places to the north are getting too much water, the Williston area could use a little more.

(Tyler Tjelde, Irrigation Agronomist, Williston Research Extension Center) "Things are looking very good. Certain areas could use, surprisingly, more water. We could use some rain. North of this location, they don't need much more rain but that's how this system works. Down here, things are looking about as good as can be expected for as late as we got in the field."

The Nesson Irrigation project was established in 2003 and uses ground and lake water for irrigation at the research center.


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