Full slate of ag issues on tap at Central Dakota Ag Day

North Dakota State University Extension

North Dakota State University Extension will host the annual Central Dakota Ag Day on Friday, Dec. 16 at the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center.

The daylong program includes opportunities to learn about crop production, weed management, veterinary issues, and crop and livestock market outlooks.

The event begins with coffee and doughnuts at 9 a.m.

Rancher Doug Bichler of Linton, North Dakota, will deliver the keynote address titled “Life Left-handed” at 9:30 a.m.

NDSU Extension crops economist Frayne Olson will conclude the program with a one-hour general session titled “Crop Marketing Plans” at 2 p.m.

Corn research will be among the topics covered during this year’s Central Dakota Ag Day.

The Central Dakota Ag Day program includes 16 concurrent sessions covering three main areas – agronomy, livestock and agriculture life. The topics include:

  • Precision agriculture options for site-specific weed management
  • Carrington Research Extension Center research crop data
  • Row crop research information
  • Pigweed species and managing weeds
  • New fertilizer recommendations
  • Reduced tillage strategies: positive impacts on soil, crops and cost
  • Cow health emerging issues
  • Weed control in pastures
  • NRCS programs for ranchers
  • Cattle market outlook
  • Rules for selling locker meat
  • Stop the bleed
  • NDSU garden seed trials and all-American garden selections
  • Returning to roots: How did our ancestors feed themselves?
  • German-Russian Christmas traditions
  • Preparing grain samples and sheaves for show and home display

Certified crop advisors can receive continuing education units for many of the seminars.

“Central Dakota Ag Day has provided a wealth of educational information to farmers and ranchers for many years, and we believe this year’s program will do the same,” says Jeff Gale, agriculture and natural resources agent in Foster County.

 “This year, we’ve extended the program content to include topics related to horticulture, food and culture,” says Gale. “We believe there is something for everyone in this year’s program.”

The Central Dakota Ag Day program is organized by NDSU Extension agents in Foster, Eddy, Wells, Griggs, Barnes and Sheridan counties, as well as staff from NDSU’s Carrington Research Extension Center.

No registration is required. Lunch will be provided.

For more information about Central Dakota Ag Day, visit

Direct further questions to Gale at 701-652-2581 or by email at

The Carrington Research Extension Center is three and a half miles north of Carrington on U.S. Highway 281.