Research center hosts annual field tour

Soybean talk was one of the highlights during the Hettinger Research Extension Center’s 2016 Field Tour on Tuesday, July 12.

By COLE BENZ
Record Editor | cbenz@countrymedia.net

John Rickertsen of the Hettinger Experiment Station speaking during the crop tour. (Photo Courtesy of Dennis Miller)
John Rickertsen of the Hettinger Experiment Station speaking during the crop tour.
(Photo Courtesy of Dennis Miller)

Soybean talk was one of the highlights during the Hettinger Research Extension Center’s 2016 Field Tour on Tuesday, July 12. Local Research Agronomist John Rickertsen said that he gave a brief overview of his soybean planting study; he is currently in the second year of the project. Rickertsen research is hoping to show the optimal time to plant soybeans in this region. With the early or late freezes the region has seen in recent years, Rickertsen isn’t sure the crop will become a staple in western North Dakota, but did say that it is possible for producers to yield decent soybean results from year to year.

“You can, some years, have some fairly decent soybeans out here,” Rickertsen said.

Over 40 people attended the event, the group included mostly farmers and ranchers but Rickertsen said there were a few industry representatives from chemical and seed companies.

Though he tries to incorporate new topics each year, Rickertsen does cover similar topics from season to season, like small grain variety crops; commodities that are prevalent with producers of the area.

“It’s a little bit of both,” Rickertsen said.

John Nowatzki of Fargo gave a demonstration about spray nozzles for chemical distribution. Nozzles are getting specific to chemicals, according to Rickertsen.

“In fact, herbicide labels are requiring certain nozzles that you use,” Rickertsen said.

Dr. Andrew Friskop gave the crowd an update on some of his work with chemicals in relation to wheat disease management and Dr. Caleb Dalley talked about his most recent weed control research.

The event was followed by a dinner in the Granary at Mirror Lake Park. The meal was sponsored by Southwest Grain, United Grain and the Hettinger Area Chamber of Commerce.