Best of the Best soybean and wheat meetings set

Farm Forum

Best of the Best in Research and Marketing meetings have been set for late January and early February.

The first of the series will focus on wheat, barley and soybean production in central and western North Dakota. The first meeting will be held at the North Dakota State University Carrington Research Extension Center on Jan. 30 and will be followed by a meeting at the Doublewood Inn in Bismarck on Jan. 31.

“These meetings will present the latest research results addressing some of the most critical issues facing barley and wheat producers in the region,” says Joel Ransom, North Dakota State University Extension Service agronomist and one of the meeting organizers.

Four hands-on demonstrations are planned.

“These demonstrations always are popular because participants get a chance to examine plants and equipment up-close and interact with the presenters,” says Greg Endres, NDSU Extension cropping systems area specialist and one of the presenters.

The Best of the Best meeting at Carrington will include soybeans for the first time outside of the Red River Valley and will be held in conjunction with the Getting It Right Soybean program that is targeting that area of the state.

Additionally, Best of the Best meetings that focus on wheat and soybeans will be held at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks on Feb. 6 and Courtyard by Marriott in Moorhead on Feb. 7. A wide range of topics, including the control of soybean cyst nematodes, decision making during a continuing drought and reducing spray drift will be presented, according to Hans Kandel, NDSU Extension agronomist and chairman of this year’s planning committee.

These meetings are sponsored by the Minnesota and North Dakota Wheat and Soybean Councils, North Dakota Crop Improvement Association, North Dakota Barley Council, NDSU Institute of Barley and Malt Sciences, University of Minnesota Extension and NDSU Extension Service.

The meeting in Carrington will begin at 8:55 a.m., and in Bismarck at approximately 11 a.m. or following the annual meeting of the North Dakota Crop Improvement Association. The Moorhead and Grand Forks meetings will begin at 8:30 a.m.

A noon lunch will be provided at each venue. There is no participation fee, but advanced registration is required. To register for the meetings in Moorhead and Grand Forks online, go to For the meetings in Carrington and Bismarck, go to You may register by phone at (701) 328-5111 in North Dakota and (800) 242-6118, ext. 113, in Minnesota or email