Educational activities at Big Iron Sept. 10-12

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The 2013 Big Iron show set for Sept. 10-12 in West Fargo, N.D. at Red River Valley Fairgrounds will include exhibits, ask-the-expert sessions, presentations and demonstrations by North Dakota State University Extension Service specialists and researchers.

The field demonstrations will focus on innovations in planting equipment. Vendors will use colored seed with row-crop planters, air seeders and precision planting equipment. The field demonstrations are scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. daily, beginning with a 30-minute educational session by NDSU Extension crop and soil specialists discussing aspects of planting corn, soybeans and cereal and pulse crops.

The second part of the daily field demonstrations will focus on NDSU’s newly formed soil health initiative.

Those involved in the soil health initiative include Ann-Marie Fortuna, research soil health assistant professor; Abbey Wick, Extension soil health assistant professor; Chris Augustin, area Extension soil health specialist; Naeem Kalwar, area Extension soil health specialist; Jasper Teboh, soil scientist; and Ben Geaumont, wildlife and range science research assistant professor.

The NDSU Bison Pullers, a student group in the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department, will demonstrate its quarter-scale tractor in a pulling contest. The Bison Pullers builds a quarter-scale tractor each year and competes with similar groups at the Annual International 1/4-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition, sponsored by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers at the Expo Gardens in Peoria, Ill.

The NDSU Extension displays will be in the entry of the Ag Building.

Display topics include subirrigation; horse bedding; telematics; optical crop sensors; handling late-season, high-moisture grain; and processing of energy beets.

NDSU Extension Ag and Biosystems Engineering specialists will conduct a “visit with the engineers” session daily from 10 a.m. to noon. The individuals who will be available to answer questions and their topics are: Igathi Cannayen, front-end processing of energy beets, infield bales collection strategies and economics, and biomass feedstock processing; Ken Hellevang, grain drying and storage, structures and building environment including energy efficiency, moisture and indoor air quality; John Nowatzki, agricultural machinery and precision agriculture; Shafiqur Rahman, animal waste management, animal bedding and composting; and Tom Scherer, irrigation systems, drainage, individual home sewage systems, and farm water supply and treatment equipment.

Big Iron Sept. 10-12 in Fargo

The 2013 Big Iron show set for Sept. 10-12 in West Fargo, N.D. at Red River Valley Fairgrounds will include exhibits, ask-the-expert sessions, presentations and demonstrations by North Dakota State University Extension Service specialists and researchers.

The field demonstrations will focus on innovations in planting equipment. Vendors will use colored seed with row-crop planters, air seeders and precision planting equipment. The field demonstrations are scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. daily.

SCHEDULE OF DAILY EVENTS

Tuesday, Sept. 10 – Show hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Pancake and sausage breakfast with goodwill donation

Third building west of the livestock production building (Sponsored by NorthStar Genetics)

Health screenings

Health and Safety Center, Horticulture Building

(Sponsored by North Dakota Living) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Antique tractor and farm machinery show

(West of the arena) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Craft Show

Dawson Hall and Lucien C. Barnes Event Center, Bonanzaville USA

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

United Blood Services’ Bloodmobile

Health and Safety Center, Horticulture Building, 10:30 a.m.

“375 Bushel Corn? How to Maximize Your Yields,” with Randy Dowdy, world corn yield champion

Red River Farm Network Issues and Events Center, located between Hartl Ag Building and Expo Center 1 to 3 p.m.

Market Seminar with Arlan Suderman, Water Street Solutions; Arlan Suderman, Water Street Soultions; Ted Seifried, Zaner Ag Hedge; and Virgil Robinson, DuPont Pioneer

Red River Farm Network Issues and Events Center, located between Hartl Ag Building and Expo Center, 2:30 p.m.

Land Values Seminar

Red River Farm Network Issues and Events Center, located between Hartl Ag Building and Expo Center Daily

Wednesday, Sept. 11 – Show hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pancake and sausage breakfast with goodwill donation

Picnic area (horse barns), west end of fairgrounds

(Sponsored by Northstar Genetics) 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Silent auction to support North Dakota and Minnesota FFA foundations

Red River Farm Network Issues and Events Center, located between Hartl Ag Building and Expo Center, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Health screenings

Health and Safety Center, Horticulture Building

(Sponsored by North Dakota Living), 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Antique tractor and farm machinery show

West of the arena, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Craft Show

Dawson Hall and Lucien C. Barnes Event Center, Bonanzaville USA, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Women’s Day Activities

Including brunch, entertainment by the Dixie Cups and style show. Tickets may be purchased at the door; doors open at 9 a.m., Great Hall, Holiday Inn of Fargo, located at 3803 13th Ave. S., 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

United Blood Services’ Bloodmobile

Health and Safety Center, Horticulture Building 10:30 a.m.

“What’s Next for Precision Agriculture?” with Luke James, Ag Leader Technology; Travis Messer, Plains Grain & Agronomy; and Matt Carlson, DuPont Pioneer.

Red River Farm Network Issues and Events Center, located between Hartl Ag Building and Expo Center 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Livestock Production Seminar – “Stump The Docs” by NDSU Livestock Specialists

Production Livestock Display Building 1 to 3 p.m.

Market Seminar with Brian Doherty, Stewart Peterson; David Drozd, Ag-Chieve Corporation; and Frayne Olson, North Dakota State University.

Red River Farm Network Issues and Events Center, located between Hartl Ag Building and Expo Center 2:30 p.m.

Land Values Seminar

Red River Farm Network Issues and Events Center, located between Hartl Ag Building and Expo Center Daily

Thursday, Sept. 12 – Show hours 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Health screenings

Health and Safety Center, Horticulture Building

(Sponsored by North Dakota Living) 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Antique tractor and farm machinery show

West of the arena 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Craft Show

Dawson Hall and Lucien C. Barnes Event Center, Bonanzaville USA

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

United Blood Services’ Bloodmobile

Health and Safety Center, Horticulture Building 10:30 a.m.

“Harvest Management for 2013 Crop”, with John Gnadke, AGS Inc.; and Ken Hellevang, North Dakota State University Extension.

Red River Farm Network Issues and Events Center, located between Hartl Ag Building and Expo Center 1 to 3 p.m.

Market Seminar with Paul Georgy, Allendale; Steve Wagner, CHS Hedging; and Scott Field, S-Y Commodities/ProMark Grain.

Red River Farm Network Issues and Events Center, located between Hartl Ag Building and Expo Center