NDSU Research Extension Centers to host cover crops workshops

Farm Forum

North Dakota State University’s Dickinson Research Extension Center (DREC) and Central Grasslands Research Extension Center (CGREC) at Streeter will host cover crops workshops on Aug. 18 and 19, respectively. The DREC workshop will run from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. MST, while the CGREC workshop will run from 1 to 3 p.m. CST.

Ryan Buetow, DREC area Extension cropping systems specialist, and Fara Brummer, CGREC area Extension livestock systems specialist, will be coordinating the programs at the respective sites.

The DREC workshop will feature a demonstration of cover crop work being done by the DREC on property west of the new CHI St. Joseph’s Hospital in Dickinson.

The featured topic at the CGREC workshop will be cover crops interseeded with corn and dwarf sorghum variety plots.

Marisol Berti, a professor in NDSU’s Plant Sciences Department, will be the keynote speaker at both of the workshops.

Berti, the lead researcher on a recently announced $2 million U.S. Department of Agriculture cover crops research project, will discuss the benefits of cover crops.

“This is part of a commitment by the DREC and CGREC to host numerous small workshops for producers to learn more about research being done in their area,” says Buetow. “Cover crops are important for soil health, and these workshops will be an opportunity to see different crops and methods being used.”

The workshops are free.

For more information about the DREC workshop contact, Buetow at 701-456-1106. For more information about the CGREC workshop contact, Brummer at 701-424-3606.