Growers in the southwest North Dakota took some time away from their crops to garner information to help their yield in the future.
The Dickinson Research Extension Center held its Field Day on Wednesday with around 50 people attending. Topics discussed included tile drainage, seeding rates in small grains, mitigating herbicide resistance, disease management and marketing.
Ryan Buetow, area extension cropping systems specialist, coordinated the event.
“I tried to cover what was important for growers in the area,” he said.
Buetow said he felt like it was a successful event because everyone learned something, which is the point of the event.
Brian Jenks, North Dakota State University weed scientist at the Minot Extension Center, discussed mitigating herbicide resistance.
“One of the issues we are facing throughout the state is weed resistance to many of our common herbicides,” he said. “The best way we can mitigate the problem is with diversity. We need to have a diverse set of crop, to not grow the same crop every year.”
Some plants have adapted to herbicides and are able to survive and reproduce after herbicides have been administered.
NDSU professor Greta Gramig spoke to the crowd about non-chemical weed control and management experiments.
“We’re looking at non-chemical weed control primarily,” she said.
Gramig said weed resistance and a market for food with fewer chemicals has led to her investigating non-chemical weed management.
She said sheep grazing, cover crops, mulches along with other non-chemical weed control has not only been studied on how the weeds are suppressed, but what it does to affect the agrisystem as a whole.
“The research is very multi-faceted,” she said.