Central Grasslands Research Extension Center sets field day

North Dakota State University Extension
The field day at North Dakota State University’s Central Grasslands Research Extension Center near Streeter will be live this year on July 27.

The field day at North Dakota State University’s Central Grasslands Research Extension Center near Streeter will be live this year on July 27.

The event begins with registration, coffee and doughnuts at 9:30 a.m. The livestock, forages and cover crop tour will run from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by lunch. The pollinator, monarch butterfly and bird tour will start at 1 p.m.

Also, NDSU Extension will provide water and forage nitrate testing sites. Anyone who has livestock drinking water that may be toxic or hay samples from annual forage crops that may be high in nitrates should bring samples (water samples in a bottle, forage samples in a paper bag) with for testing.

Topics for the livestock, forages and cover crop tour include:

  • Cereal forage varietal trial
  • Warm-season forage trial
  • Corn silage varietal trial
  • Oat variety trial for hay
  • Cover crop and winter cereal grazing and haying study
  • Putting weight on cows by winter grazing crop residues for less than 15 cents per day
  • Enhancing forage production and grazing efficiency using rotational grazing
  • Fetal programming of beef cattle

Topics for the pollinator, monarch butterfly and bird research update include:

  • Impacts of patch burn grazing on pollinator habitat
  • Impacts of patch burn, rotational and continuous grazing on upland bird habitat
  • Impacts of patch burn, rotational and continuous grazing on rangeland plant communities invaded with Kentucky bluegrass
  • Assessing patch burn and rotational grazing on monarch butterfly recruitment and habitat
  • Impacts of patch burn grazing on forage quality and mineral status
  • Impacts of Kentucky bluegrass thatch layer on the plant community
  • Drought management - grazing management strategies to create drought resiliency

For more information about the field day, contact Sandi Dewald at (701)424-3606 or sandi.dewald@ndsu.edu, or Kevin Sedivec at (701)799-4689 or kevin.sedivec@ndsu.edu.