Below is the press release I generated for the field day. We are busy getting ready! We have gone from wet to almost dry. The crops are holding well so far, although on the way in this afternoon I saw some corn starting to roll up. At CCSP we have a mixed bag. In addition to our special speakers, I will take the tour around to look at some interesting corn plots. Two plots in particular were planted within 10 minutes of each other. The one looks like it had no fertilizer and the other looks great. One is strip tilled corn, the other strip tilled soybean ground. The big difference appears to be compost and manure history. The corn on alfalfa also looks great this year. It to had compost applied, but just this spring. Some of the corn plots just got too wet and have a very low population, and some made it just fine. I just finished applying a 1/2 pint of Ultra Blazar to the most all the soybeans, I left one rotation out that was seeded into headed out rye. Yep, the beans look pretty toasted, that is the ones sprayed 6/30. I feel confident there is no long term damage. In working with onions, we had volunteer beans that we killed several times with the PPO herbicide goal. At onion harvest time the soybeans we “killed” had to be hand weeded out. The spring wheat looks good. Wish I would have seeded it a 1/2 inch deeper. Most plots are fine, but a couple have poor stands. I think it is the first time in 10 years of doing the plots we did not get heavy rain after seeding wheat. The winter wheat is mixed as well. Joel Ransom will cover the wheat extensively. It was a tough year in some instance for winter survival, but not in the usual sense. I think the problem was oxygen when the small amounts of snow melted this winter on frozen ground, essentially sealing it up. So far just a theory. I say this because I have some pretty good stands on soybean and flax ground that had very little cover.
We have a very special speaker this year. I have the honor of being a science fair judge at Sargent Central. A fifth grader who is the son of a farmer rancher I worked with years ago had a project on soil erosion. Isaiah is a very bright young man very interested in farming, as are his brothers and sister. Isaiah did as good a job presenting as anyone else I had seen, so I asked his parents if he could do the presentation at our field day to which I received an overwhelming affirmative. After all, soil conservation is about the future, and what represents the future of agriculture better than an inspired youngster?
The forecast for Thursday looks good. It will be warm, but we will have plenty of water on hand. Please stop by if you can work it into your schedule.
Conservation Cropping Systems Project 14th Annual Field Day Set for July 9, 2015.
Forman North Dakota, June 15, 2015 –The Conservation Cropping Systems Project (CCSP) will hold its 14th Annual Field Day at its No-Till Demonstration Farm 1 mile south of Forman ND on Thursday, July 9, 2015 starting at 4:00pm. The theme of this year’s field day will be “Survival Skills, now and for the future”. The easy times have come and gone, so let’s do what needs to be done keep us and our soil on the farm.
The CCSP farm consists of 200 plots on a 1/4 section of land 1 mile south of Forman North Dakota. The farm grows several crops using no-till and strip- till farming methods including corn, soybeans, winter and spring wheat, flax, alfalfa, switch grass, and cover crops.
Crop tour speakers scheduled to attend include Kevin and Isaiah Throener. Isaiah will talk about why soil erosion is a bad thing for his generation, and include a demonstration that he did for a science fair project this spring. Kevin will talk about how he and his wife Rhonda battled successfully to start and maintain a farming and ranching enterprise. Dr. Joel Ransom will present the NDSU winter and spring wheat variety trials. Dr. Ransom will talk also talk about his experience in Africa working with depleted soils. Chandra Heglund, member of the NDSU Soil Health Team will join Dr. Ransom and explain the importance of their work and how to keep our soils healthy. We all paid the price for waiting to plant this year. Mud. We will have members of the CCSP board discuss what worked and did not work in dealing with planting in less the optimal conditions. Keith Anderson and crew will give lessons on soil genesis, salinity, classification, and soil health at the soil pit. Farm Talk with Mick Kjar will be broadcasting live from the farm from 1-3 pm including live interviews with attendees. Mick will also interview Jim Faulstich, South Dakota Farmer, Rancher, and survivor of droughts, blizzards, hard times and most of the things someone who has been in agriculture for all of his 60 plus years will see.
We will have our staff, farmer board members, and sponsors ready and willing to share their experiences and information A supper will be served starting at 6:00 pm sponsored by Titan Machinery and Northside Implement. CCSP is a part of the Wild Rice Soil Conservation District with sponsorship and advisory board members from the surrounding counties of Dickey, Ransom, and Richland from North Dakota, Marshall and Day County of South Dakota. The mission of the farm is to demonstrate and promote profitable conservation farming methods. The farm operates on the good will and donations of its sponsors. For more information please contact The Wild Rice Soil Conservation office at 701-724-3247 ext 3