Soil Salinity Field Day set for Sept. 5 near Grand Forks

Farm Forum

The David Burkland farm near Grand Forks is the site for a soil salinity field day on Sept. 5.

The event is free and open to anyone interested in soil salinity, according to Abbey Wick, North Dakota State University Extension Service soil health assistant professor.

The day begins with registration at 8 a.m. At 9 a.m., Lionel Olson, NDSU Grand Forks County Extension agent, and Paul Bjorg of the Natural Resources Conservation Service will discuss soil salinity issues in Grand Forks County.

Other topics and presenters are:

· Soluble salt movement and accumulation -Wick and Chandra Heglund, NDSU Soil Science graduate student

· Crop/variety selection and cover crops for saline soils – Ross Rivard, Rivard’s Turf and Forage Co.

· Fundamentals of iron deficiency chlorosis – Sarah Lovas, West Central Inc.

· Cover crop rooting (soil pit) – Chris Augustin, NDSU Extension area nutrient management specialist

· Tiling and water management – Tom DeSutter, NDSU environmental soil scientist and professor

· Tile design and management issues – Tom Scherer, NDSU Extension water quality and irrigation specialist

· Economics of tiling – Dwight Aakre, NDSU Extension farm management specialist

A free lunch will be provided following the presentations. Those wishing to attend the field day are asked to preregister before Sept. 3 by contacting Linda Hammen at the Grand Forks County Extension office at (701) 780-8229 or email at

Three continuing education credits in soil and water management will be offered to those attending the event.

The salinity field day is sponsored by the NDSU Extension Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Grand Forks County Soil Conservation District, AgCountry, and Rivard’s Turf and Forage Co.