AGRICULTURE

NDSU sets Best of the Best in Wheat and Soybean meetings

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Four Best of the Best in Research and Marketing meetings have been set for February in Williston, Grand Forks, Moorhead, Minn., and Hettinger.

The first of the series will be held in conjunction with the National Hard Spring Wheat Show in Williston. The Best of the Best program will be part of the first day’s activities of the show on Feb. 4 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center.

The Best of the Best educational program will augment the traditional topics and activities of the spring wheat show. It will include presentations on disease control and topics specific to durum production, according to Joel Ransom, North Dakota State University Extension Service agronomist and one of the meeting’s organizers.

Meetings will held at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks on Feb. 5 and the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Moorhead on Feb. 6. At these eastern meetings, a wide range of topics addressing production practices for wheat and soybeans will be addressed. Some of the topics are soybean cyst nematodes and managing soil fertility for optimum yield and protein in wheat. Both meetings begin at 8:30 a.m.

The last of the series is planned for Feb. 18 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Armory in Hettinger. Topics at the Hettinger meeting will focus on wheat production and include herbicide- resistant weeds, remote sensing, soil salinity and crop rotations.

Hands-on demonstrations are planned at all of the locations.

“These hands-on demonstrations always are popular because participants get a chance to examine plants and equipment up close and interact with the presenters,” says Hans Kandel, NDSU Extension agronomist and one of the presenters.

A noon lunch will be provided at each venue. There is no participation fee but advanced registration is requested.

To register for the meeting in Williston, contact the North Dakota Wheat Commission at (701) 328-5111 or email ndwheat@ndwheat.com.

To register for the meetings in Grand Forks and Moorhead, go to www.smallgrains.org or call (701) 328-5111 in North Dakota. Minnesota residents can call (800) 242-6118, ext. 113.

To register for the Hettinger meeting, contact Julie Kramlich, NDSU Extension agent in Adams County, at (701) 567-2735 or email julie.kramlich@ndsu.edu.

The Williston and Hettinger meetings are sponsored by the North Dakota Wheat Commission, and the meetings in Grand Forks and Moorhead are sponsored by the Minnesota and North Dakota wheat and soybean growers and checkoff organizations, in conjunction with the University of Minnesota and NDSU Extension Services.