This year’s field day at North Dakota State University’s Oakes Irrigation Research Site - Robert Titus Research Farm will be held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Producers and others will be able to view the researchers’ work by watching short prerecorded videos shot on location. The videos will be available starting Aug. 4 at https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/carringtonrec/oakes-irrigation-research-site.

Topics that will be covered this year and the presenters are:

  • White mold control in soybeans and dry beans - Michael Wunsch, plant pathologist at NDSU’s Carrington Research Extension Center
  • 60-inch corn, more accurately called wide-row corn - Kelly Cooper, agronomist at the Oakes Irrigation Research Site, and producer Joe Breker
  • Trends in cover crops, what farmers are planting and why - Abbey Wick, NDSU Extension soil health specialist
  • Effect of prevent plant and cover crops on soil fertility - Dave Franzen, NDSU Extension soil science specialist
  • Potato variety trials at the Oakes site - Susie Thompson, NDSU potato breeder
  • Residue removal trials at the Oakes site and the potential effect on soil carbon - Larry Cihacek, a professor in NDSU’s Soil Science Department
  • Surprises while tile draining - Tom Scherer, NDSU Extension agricultural engineer

This year, the Oakes site has trials involving wheat, corn, soybeans, dry beans, hemp, lentils and cover crops.

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“We try to do a few fun things as well, like late-planted sweet corn, squash for cover crops in the wide-row corn, and specialty potatoes,” Cooper said.

The approximately 40-acre site, which is 4.5 miles south of Oakes, is a substation of the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center.

For more information, contact the Carrington Research Extension Center at 701-652-2951 or visit its website at https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/CarringtonREC.