NDSU Extension offering educational activities at Big Iron

Farm Forum

North Dakota State University Extension Service specialists and agents will provide exhibits and field demonstrations, and be available for consultations at this year’s Big Iron Farm Show, which runs Sept. 13-15 at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds near West Fargo.

The NDSU Extension displays will be in the east entryway of the Hartl Ag Building in booths AL10 to AL12. Extension personnel will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13, and Wednesday, Sept. 14, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15, so visitors who stop to view the displays can ask questions, pick up publications, provide input or just visit.

The topics and Extension personnel who will be exhibiting are:

• Crop production and issues such as cover crops and soil health – plant science specialists and Extension agents

• NDSU research using large- and small-scale unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for iron deficiency chlorosis identification in soybeans, weed identification, collecting data on stand counts, quantifying hail damage in crop fields and correlating imagery to crop yield – John Nowatzki, Extension agricultural machine systems specialist, and researchers

• Water treatment methods, general water system maintenance and interpreting drinking water test reports – Tom Scherer, Extension agricultural engineer

• Design Your Succession Plan program, which helps farm and ranch families develop a succession plan for their operation – Extension Design Your Succession Plan team

• Management practices for long-term grain storage and alternative grain storage facilities – Ken Hellevang, Extension agricultural engineer

Nowatzki also is coordinating the field demonstrations, which will be held daily at 1 p.m. at the demonstration site directly south of the Big Iron show area.

The demonstrations will start with NDSU Extension presentations on in-season crop fertilizer practices, providing farmers and other commercial fertilizer applicators with an updated look at efficient and effective side-dressing and top-dressing fertilizer application equipment and techniques.

Each participating fertilizer manufacturer or retail representative will have 10 minutes to describe how his or her equipment can provide efficient and effective application of in-season fertilizers. Then they will have time to demonstrate the equipment.

In addition, NDSU personnel will demonstrate a newly designed side-dressing fertilizing machine that also plants cover crop seeds. It is part of a National Institute of Food and Agriculture project directed by Marisol Berti, an associate professor in NDSU’s Plant Sciences Department.

Visit http://bigironfarmshow.com/ for more information about the Big Iron Farm Show.