Field tours at NDSU Hettinger Research Extension Center set for July 8

Farm Forum

The annual NDSU Hettinger Research Extension Center field tours will be held on July 8 beginning at 5 p.m. MDT, according to John Rickertsen, center agronomist.

The annual small-grains tour will begin at the center office building at 5. This year’s tour includes displays of unmanned aircraft, and a discussion of NDSU research on unmanned aircraft systems and their use in crop and livestock production.

On the field tour portion of the field day, participants will learn about Brassica carinata (Ethiopian mustard) production for biofuel use and get a chance to look at new varieties of spring, durum and, winter wheat and barley.

With the cool and wet conditions, all of the crops in the research plots look good this year, according to Rickertsen.

“This year’s tour gives producers an opportunity to learn about emerging technology in agriculture, along with the traditional small-grain variety performance information,” Rickertsen says.

Participants will be able to talk with Extension specialists, scientists and plant breeders during the tour.

Following the tour is a free supper at Mirror Lake Park.

All activities are free and open to the public.