SDSU SE Research Station Compost and Organic Field Day – Aug. 8

Farm Forum

LaMoure, N.D. – Northern Plains Sustainable Ag, (NPSAS), announces the third Summer Field Day at the SDSU SE Research Station, Beresford, S.D., on Thursday, August 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Plot tour of the southeast farm will focus on a compost workshop, cover crop varieties and a flame weeding demonstration. Registration is at 9:00 a.m. at the station office.

Brad Rops, Operations Manager of SE Research Farm, will present a review of principles and general practices for making compost, including dealing with animal mortalities.

Peter Sexton, Farm Supervisor, will lead a tour of several different types of cover crop blends, the merits of each and the basic principles of cover crop use and species selection.

Ben Arlt, SDSU Agronomy graduate student, will discuss the principles of flame weeding and demonstrate the use of a 4-row commercial type flamer with patented hoods for broadcast and banded flaming.

After lunch, the tour will resume at the organic farm of Alan Ward near Viborg, S.D. Alan owns and operates two quarters organically, one is in row crops the other has been converted to organic grass fed beef production. Alan is a member of the farmer’s group, Verity Farms, which provides guidance, research and ideas on crop and livestock production.

Pre-registration is $5 for lunch and required by Friday, August 2 or lunch is on your own. Register with NPSAS office at 701-883-4304 or

Platinum level cosponsors helping to fund these events include: Blue River Hybrids, FARRMS, MCIA, ND Organic Advisory Board, SD OCIA #1 and SD SARE.

For more information on other Summer Field Days, view our website at or our Facebook page.

Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society is a nonprofit organization that is committed to the promotion of sustainable food systems through education, research and advocacy.