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Soybean, ag improvement meetings set for 2018

January 16, 2018
Pierce County Tribune

Soybean producers will have an opportunity to learn about intensive soybean management at one of four

Getting it Right in Soybean Production meetings the North Dakota State University Extension Service has scheduled for Fessenden, Kenmare, Rugby and Langdon in January 2018.

"Farming is very complex, and new production information is generated annually," says Hans Kandel, NDSU Extension agronomist. "With tight budgets, it is important for producers to gain as much knowledge as possible. These soybean educational meetings featuring research-based information can help producers with soybean production decisions for the 2018 growing season."

NDSU Extension agents and specialists will discuss soybean research conducted in North Dakota and the outlook and production issues for 2018.

The meeting dates and place are:

* Jan. 23, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Festival Hall, Wells County Fairgrounds, 604 Highway 15, Fessenden; for more information, contact Lindsay Maddock, agent, NDSU Extension/Wells County, at 701-547-3341 or

* Jan. 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Memorial Hall, 5 3rd St. N.E., Kenmare; for more information, contact Paige Brummund, agent, NDSU Extension/Ward County, at

701-857-6444 or

* Jan. 25, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dakota Farms Restaurant, 308 Highway 2 S.E., Rugby; for more information, contact Yolanda Schmidt, agent, NDSU Extension/Pierce County, at 701-776-6234 or

* Jan. 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., NDSU Langdon Research Extension Center, 9280 107th Ave. N.E., Langdon; for more information, contact Anitha Chirumamilla, agent, NDSU Extension/Cavalier County, at 701-256-2560 or

Topics that will be covered include:

* Local production and crop updates

* 2018 disease outlook, including an update on soybean cyst nematodes, as well as field research results conducted in 2017 and information on how to manage soybean diseases

* Variety selection; the latest information on various production issues, such as the importance of good root nodulation, fertility issues and water management; and the results of a soybean production survey

* Intensive soybean management, no till and strip till versus conventional till, planting dates, plant populations and row spacing, special soybean inputs on the market and weed management issues

* How to manage various insect pests, including spider mites and soybean aphids

The North Dakota Soybean Council is sponsoring the Getting it Right in Soybean Production programs and lunch. The council oversees promotion, research and marketing programs funded by soybean checkoff dollars.

The meetings are free of charge.

Pierce County Agriculture Improvement Association Annual Meeting Set

The annual meeting of the Pierce County Agricultural Improvement Association (PCAIA) will be held in conjunction with the Getting it Right in Soybean Production meeting on Thursday, January 25, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Dakota Farms, Rugby.

All interested producers and agriculturalists are invited and encouraged to attend. There is no cost to attend the meeting. However, there is a $3 fee for those wishing to join or renew their Pierce County Agricultural Improvement Association membership.

Program topics in addition to the Soybean meeting include:

* North Central Research Extension Center Update

* Small Grain Variety Update

* Pierce County Commodity Representative Elections (Corn, Dry Pea & Lentil, Soybean and Sunflower)

* Watch Your Weeds: Palmer Amaranth

* PCAIA Annual Business Meeting & Seed Increase Update

Dicamba Training to be Offered in Rugby

A dicamba (Auxin herbicide specific) applicator training will also be offered following the Getting it Right meeting. Any person operating a sprayer must have this training to apply dicamba in soybeans.

To help us plan, please RSVP by Tuesday, January 23 by calling the Pierce County Extension office at 776-6234 Ext 5 or email .

- Submitted by Yolanda Schmidt, Pierce County

Extension Service Agent



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