Precision Ag Events in North & South Dakota

Kurt LawtonGeneral


The North Dakota State University Carrington Research Extension Center will conduct its annual Crops Day on Dec. 15.

Using a combination of NDSU and industry crop experts, the educational event will provide a review of production research and recommendations for corn, dry beans, soybeans and sunflowers, according to Greg Endres, NDSU Extension Service area agronomist. A session will also provide basic information on the variable-rate application of fertilizer for those exploring a precision-agriculture strategy.

Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. The registration fee is $10 per person to cover the cost of refreshments and a noon meal.

Producers interested in the variable-rate application of nitrogen fertilizer can attend the second session to learn about the best layers of information to use when building zone maps, equipment needs and options, and the potential for this strategy to improve farm profits. Speakers include Franzen; John Nowatzki, NDSU Extension Service agricultural engineer; and Russell Luvass, precision agricultural specialist with Raven Industries.


The South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service will host the 2009 No-Till Clinic on Dec. 9 at the Davison County 4-H Fairgrounds.

The clinic begins at 8:30 a.m. with registration, and sessions take place until 3 p.m. The cost is $20 per person for participants registering on or before Dec. 2 and $25 for those who register after that date. The cost covers materials, a noon meal, and breaks. To register, call the Davison County Extension office at (605) 995-8620.

Morning presentations include “Fertilizer Replacement and Timing” by South Dakota State University Soils Testing Lab manager Ron Gelderman, “Plants and Planting” by University of Nebraska Extension engineer Paul Jasa, and “Agriculture’s Financial Health” by Denny Everson, president of the agri-business division of First Dakota National Bank.

SDSU Plant Science Department professor Gregg Carlson will answer questions on precision agriculture throughout the clinic.

After lunch, Dan Forgey of Cronin Farms will present information on cover crop mixes for specific goals. Dwayne Beck, manager of the Dakota Lakes Research Farm, will discuss no-till operations he oversees in central South Dakota.