Langdon Research Center to hold field tours

Farm Forum

Crop research, groundwater issues and unmanned aerial systems are among the subjects that will be covered at the North Dakota State University Langdon Research Extension Center’s annual field tours set for Thursday, July 16.

The event will begin with doughnuts and coffee at 8 a.m. The field tours start at 8:45 a.m. Lunch sponsored by the Northern Canola Growers Association will be served at noon. A golf tourney will follow at 1 p.m.

The center also will hold an open house at its new Agronomy Lab.

Tour topics and speakers for this year’s event are:

• Canola research – Bryan Hanson, research agronomist at the center

• Groundwater management project update – Naeem Kalwar, area Extension Service soil health specialist at the center

• Canola clubroot – Sam Markell, NDSU Extension plant pathologist

• Problem weeds in northeastern North Dakota – Rich Zollinger, NDSU Extension weed specialist, and Kirk Howatt, associate professor in NDSU’s Plant Sciences Department

• Using unmanned aerial systems for canola disease identification – John Nowatzki, NDSU Extension agricultural machine systems specialist

• Cutworms in canola and a 2015 insect update – Jan Knodel, NDSU Extension entomologist, and Lesley Lubenow, area Extension agronomy specialist at the center

• North Dakota historical wheat trial – Jay Goos, professor in the NDSU Soil Science Department

• Soybean disease concerns in northeastern North Dakota – Venkat Chapara, crop protection researcher at the center

• 2015 industrial hemp trials – Burton Johnson, professor in the NDSU Plant Sciences Department

Anheuser Busch also is a sponsor for the field tours.

The center is on North Dakota Highway 5 one mile east of the intersection with North Dakota Highway 1.

For more information, contact the center at (701) 256-2582 or visit its website at