Soybean production, managing nitrogen and phosphorous fertilizers in wheat and corn will be a few of the topics discussed at the 70th Annual NDSU North Central Research Extension Center field tour slated for July 16 beginning at 8:30 a.m.
According to Eric Eriksmoen, research center agronomist, this year's tour will focus on issues that farmers are dealing with right now. "With another wet spring under our belt, getting crops planted in a timely manner, dealing with anemic yellow looking crops, struggling with effective timely weed control and trying to figure out what to do with fields that were too wet to plant are issues that just about every farmer has dealt with so far this year," Eriksmoen said. "We're teaming up with experts from across NDSU to provide farmers with a comprehensive discussion on issues relating to phosphorous fertilization of spring wheat, new nitrogen fertilization recommendations for corn, variety selection for saline soils and managing northern soybeans."
Other topics that participants will view include a demonstration or unmanned aerial surveillance to monitor crop production and a look back in time with a demonstration of the progression of wheat varieties that made North Dakota the bread basket of the world. In addition to the annual crops tour, there will be a crop pest diagnostic and soil salinity clinic provided by the NDSU Extension Service.
Farmers are encouraged to bring in plant samples and will have an opportunity to have one-on-one consultations with experts on weed, insect and disease control issues. Farmers can also bring in pint-size samples of dry soil for an on-site salinity analysis and consultations on salinity mitigation.
"The economics of farming is changing rapidly with high fuel, fertilizer and input costs and commodity prices which continue to be volatile. Like any business, farmers need to maintain their competitive edge and that's the objective of this event," Eriksmoen said.
All field tour events are free and open to the public and will be held at the NDSU North Central Research Extension Center located one mile south of Minot on Highway 83.