January 2013 Archives

High Tunnel Workshop, March 7, 2013

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177.JPG"High Tunnel Workshop for Home Gardener & Commercial Growers" is set for Thursday, March 7, 2013 at St. Leo's Catholic Church Spirit of Life Center, 211 Langer Ave. N. Casselton, ND from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Our workshop presenter will be Mr. Terrance T. Nennich, U of M Extension Professor, Vegetable and Small Fruit Production.

High tunnels are a completely separate production technology compared to regular gardening or field production. At its simplest, a high tunnel is a non-permanent structure with no electrical service and no heating. A single layer of greenhouse plastic covers the frame, is left on year-round, and lasts two or three years. Vents are opened and sides rolled up manually. Plants in the tunnel are protected from frost by mulch or row covers.

High Tunnels are becoming very popular in the local food production system as they allow both the commercial grower & home gardener to produce an abundance of early produce and also extend the end of the year growing season. Fruits and vegetables grown in high tunnels are often of very high quality.

High tunnels require a substantial capital investment up front, but sometimes can pay for themselves in the first year and even return a profit, if managed properly. Although high tunnels are simple in nature they are deep in understanding. This workshop will cover the basics of installing & operating a high tunnel.

This workshop will also feature presentations on climate change, marketing produce, wind generators, and EQIP high tunnel program.

The registration fee is $25, which includes lunch, course materials and refreshments. Participants can call Todd Weinmann at the NDSU Extension Service, Cass County at 701-241-5707 or Randy Nelson at the UMN Extension Office, Clay County at 218-299-7338 for more information. Registration after March 1 is $35.

Registration form

County commissions, North Dakota State University and U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. North Dakota State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, disability, age, status as a U.S. veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, or public assistance status. Direct inquiries to the Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Global Outreach, 205 Old Main, (701) 231-7708.

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Crops / Small Grains Update to be held on January 22, 2013

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You are invited to attend the Crops / Small Grains Update program at the American Legion in Moorhead on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

The morning session will feature presentations by Mr. Michael Krueger, President, The Money Farm, Casselton, ND; Dr. Hans Kandel, Extension Agronomist, Broadleaf Crops, Department of Plant Sciences, NDSU, Fargo; and Ms. Sharon Josephson, Senior Staff for Congressman Collin Peterson, Detroit Lakes, MN.

Mr. Krueger will present "Tight Supplies, High Volatility, Weather Rules." Dr. Kandel will present "Subsurface Water Management Myths and Facts." Ms. Josephson will highlight agriculture policy with her presentation titled "So What is Next?"

The afternoon session will feature the Small Grains Update. Presenters include Dr. Jim Anderson, U of M Spring Wheat Breeder; Dr. Madeleine Smith, Plant Pathologist, NWROC, Crookston, MN; Dr. Dave Grafstrom, NCTC and U of M Magnusson Research Farm, Roseau, MN and Dr. Dan Kaiser, U of M Extension Soil Scientist, St. Paul, MN.

Dr. Anderson will present the results of the 2012 variety trials and provide his and Dr. Jochum Wiersma's insights into the strengths and weaknesses of each variety. The information will help you select the best varieties for your farm in 2013. Dr. Smith will discuss the yield impacts of wheat stripe rust and management options. A number of diseases and viruses that impacted wheat production in some areas of Minnesota in 2012 will also be discussed. Dr. Grafstrom will discuss the results of a grower lead large scale research project and opportunities for growers to participate in the 2013 On Farm Research Program. Dr. Kaiser will discuss a multi-year trial related to tissue sampling in wheat, what you need to know about tissue sampling, and results of multi-year and multi-location research focused on soybean micro-nutrients.

Attendance is free, refreshments will be provided for the morning and afternoon sessions and a complimentary lunch will be served around noon. Morning refreshments will be available starting at 8:30 a.m.

Questions about this event should be directed to Randy Nelson, University of Minnesota Extension educator, Clay County, at 218-299-7338, 1-800-299-5020 or email nels1657@umn.edu.

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