Oakes Irrigation Research Field Day set

Farm Forum

A field day will be held Thursday, Aug. 20, at North Dakota State University’s Oakes Irrigation Research Site.

The event will begin with refreshments at 8:45 a.m. A tour will follow from 9 to 11:45 a.m.

“This field day will provide us with the opportunity to present new research-based information to producers and showcase research projects being conducted at Oakes,” says Blaine Schatz, director and research agronomist at the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center. He also oversees the Oakes site.

The tour will start with a review of the current research program, followed by an update on developments to expand the research conducted at the Oakes site. Other topics to be covered and the presenters are:

• New developments in mechanized water management and the expanded linear irrigation system being installed at the research site this fall – Tom Scherer, NDSU Extension Service irrigation specialist

• Research projects focused on managing white mold (sclerotinia) in soybeans and control of this disease in dry beans – Michael Wunsch, Carrington Research Extension Center plant pathologist

• Potato projects at the site, herbicide drift concerns in potato production, and corn research projects related to residue removal and crop rotations – Kelly Cooper, an Oakes site agronomist

• Soybean trials and current soybean breeding development efforts – Ted Helms, NDSU soybean breeder.

• Highlights of recent soybean production research projects – Greg Endres, Carrington center Extension agronomist

• Corn production and a review of the season to date – Joel Ransom, NDSU Extension agronomist.

The Oakes site is 3.5 miles south of Oakes on U.S. Highway 1.

For more information, contact the Carrington Research Extension Center at (701) 652-2951 or visit its website at