Ag calendar - 07/25/13

Saline and sodic soil field day set for Aug. 22 More than 90 percent of North Dakota's producers experience reduced yields as a result of salinity or sodicity, so it is an important issue in the state, according to Abbey Wick, North Dakota State ...

Saline and sodic soil field day set for Aug. 22

More than 90 percent of North Dakota's producers experience reduced yields as a result of salinity or sodicity, so it is an important issue in the state, according to Abbey Wick, North Dakota State University Extension Service soil health assistant professor.

To provide producers with management options, a saline and sodic soil field day is scheduled on Aug. 22.

The day begins with registration between 8:15 and 8:45 a.m. at the Bagg Bonanza Farm near Mooreton. Morning and afternoon field tours will cover topics that were generated by producers.

Topics include:


  • Detecting a soil issue: How to sample and interpret results.
  • Water management of sodic soils.
  • Whole-systems management of saline soils.
  • Vision of the SHARE (Soil Health and Agriculture Research Extension) farm.
  • Hydrology, salinity and soils.
  • Cropping response to salinity.
  • Root diseases on stressed crops.
  • Weed management in salt-affected areas.
  • Pest pressures.
  • Economics and salinity: How much do we gain with tiling?

As part of the tour, a discussion on strategies for remediating saline soil conditions will be held at the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)/Richland County Soil Conservation District (SCD) demonstration site near Wahpeton.
To register, contact Niki Lynnes at (701) 231-8881 or .

Preregistering by Aug. 19 is encouraged but not required. The registration fee is $20, which includes a noon lunch and evening dinner.

The event is sponsored by the NDSU Extension Service, North Dakota Corn Council, NRCS and Richland County SCD.

Stock dog training workshop set for Aug. 2

Well-trained dogs can be a valuable component in a sheep operation.

"They increase the efficiency of animal movement, reduce the need for facilities and reduce the need for additional labor," says North Dakota State University Extension Service sheep specialist Reid Redden. "However, the use of stock dogs to herd sheep and other livestock is not as common as it once was."

The NDSU Extension Service and North Dakota Lamb and Wool Producers Association are hosting a workshop Aug. 2 on training stock dogs. The workshop is from 9 a.m. to noon at the Stutsman County Fairgrounds in Jamestown.

The workshop will conclude with a lamb lunch. The cost of the workshop is $25 per person. For more information, contact NDLWPA member Curt Stanley of Bismarck at (701) 333-8009.


The workshop is one of several events scheduled during the North Dakota Lamb and Wool Expo set for Aug. 2-3 at the Stutsman County Fairgrounds. For more information, contact Redden at (701) 231-5597 or .

To register, visit the NDSU Animal Sciences Department website at .

NDSU daylily collection open house set for July 29

The North Dakota State University Plant Sciences Department will host an open house to celebrate its historic daylily collection on July 29 from 9 a.m. to noon.

The NDSU daylily garden is an official display garden of the American Hemerocallis Society and features more than 1,200 pre-1980 cultivars.

"This is the largest daylily planting at any land-grant university in the nation," says Esther McGinnis, Extension Service horticulturist and assistant professor. "The daylily often is called the perfect perennial for gardeners because of its wide range of colors and forms, ability to tolerate drought and is relatively pest free."

The garden is at the corner of 12th Avenue North and 18th Street.

A brief presentation will take place at 10 a.m. to honor Mary Baker, former regional vice president of the American Hemerocallis Society.


"Ms. Baker was instrumental in saving the garden from being destroyed, so she mounted a national letter-writing campaign that ultimately convinced former NDSU President Joseph Chapman to preserve this unique garden," McGinnis says.

Light refreshments will be provided during the open house.

For more information, contact McGinnis at (701) 231-7406 or .

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