Agronomy tours are the highlight of field day at the Carrington Research Extension Center – Jamestown Sun

Crop production, marketing and pest management are among the topics covered during the annual field day on Tuesday, July 16, at North Dakota State University’s Carrington Research Extension Center (CREC).

“This is the premier summer event to showcase our center’s research and learn about exciting new developments in agricultural production. The best part is that the information is generated locally, so people have the opportunity to see and hear what is working in their region,” says Mike Ostlie, CREC

The speakers will primarily be plant scientists and extension specialists from NDSU.

The agricultural production tour is one of several tours offered during the morning of the field day. Other tours cover livestock production, northern hardy fruits, and organic and sustainable agriculture. An afternoon tour focuses on agricultural science and the outlook for specialty crops.

The center's 65th annual Field Day begins at 9 a.m. with registration, coffee and a welcoming address by NDSU leaders, including NDSU President David Cook, and special guests. At 9:30 a.m., participants will have the opportunity to choose from four concurrent tour options. Lunch will be served at noon.
an afternoon tour of specialty crops from 1:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Topics and speakers are:

  • News from NDSU plant breeders on spring wheat and dry beans – Andrew Green, wheat breeder, NDSU Department of Plant Sciences, Fargo, and Juan Osorno, dry bean breeder, NDSU Department of Plant Sciences
  • Controlling Kochia and Other Tough Weeds in Corn and Soybeans – Joe Ikley, Weed Specialist, NDSU Department of Plant Sciences
  • Soybean Marketing and Processing Facility News – David Ripplinger, Bioproducts/Bioenergy Economist, NDSU Agribusiness and Applied Economics, Fargo
  • Nitrogen and microbial fate in different cropping and tillage systems – Kelsey Griesheim, soil fertility, NDSU School of Natural Resource Sciences, Fargo; Samiran Banerjee, NDSU Microbial Sciences, Fargo, and Sergio Cabello Leiva, soil scientist at CREC
  • Recommendations for the use of fungicides in dry beans for 2024 – Michael Wunsch, plant pathologist, CREC

After lunch, participants will have the opportunity to take an afternoon specialty crop tour. Topics include lupine, kernza, speedwell, sorghum and cover crops. The tour will provide hands-on experience with these crops and provide information on production, opportunities and pitfalls for these crops, all of which have emerging markets in North Dakota. Speakers include Kristin Simons, agronomist, CREC; Mike Ostlie, director of CREC, Cabello Leiva; Lindsay Malone, climate-smart approaches to agriculture, NDSU
School of Natural Resources, Fargo, and David Marks of Forever Green.

The lunch is free, thanks in part to support from Green Bison Soy Processing and the Carrington Research Extension Center.

The CREC is located 3.5 miles north of Carrington on US Highway 281.

For more information, call the center at 701-652-2951 or visit Please direct any questions to Mike Ostlie at 701-652-2951 or email

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