White mold control in soybeans and dry beans will be one of the topics covered.

This year’s field day at North Dakota State University’s Oakes Irrigation Research Site-Robert Titus Research Farm will be held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Producers and others will be able to view the researchers’ work by watching short prerecorded videos shot on location. The videos will be available starting Aug. 4 at https://bit.ly/333WtZQ.

Topics that will be covered this year and the presenters are:

  • White mold control in soybeans and dry beans: Michael Wunsch, plant pathologist at NDSU’s Carrington Research Extension Center.
  • 60-inch corn, more accurately called wide-row corn: Kelly Cooper, agronomist at the Oakes Irrigation Research Site, and producer Joe Breker.
  • Trends in cover crops, what farmers are planting and why: Abbey Wick, NDSU Extension soil health specialist.

Effect of prevent plant and cover crops on soil fertility: Dave Franzen, NDSU Extension soil science specialist.

  • Potato variety trials at the Oakes site: Susie Thompson, NDSU potato breeder.
  • Residue removal trials at the Oakes site and the potential effect on soil carbon: Larry Cihacek, a professor in NDSU’s soil science department.
  • Surprises while tile draining: Tom Scherer, NDSU Extension agricultural engineer.

This year, the Oakes site has trials involving wheat, corn, soybeans, dry beans, hemp, lentils and cover crops.

“We try to do a few fun things as well, like late-planted sweet corn, squash for cover crops in the wide-row corn, and specialty potatoes,” Cooper said.

The approximately 40-acre site, which is 4.5 miles south of Oakes, is a substation of the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center.

For more information, contact the Carrington Research Extension Center at 701-652-2951 or visit its website at https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/CarringtonREC.

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