NDSU Extension’s flax meeting set for March 17

North Dakota leads the nation in flax production.

North Dakota is the largest flax-producing state in the U.S. NDSU photo

Farmers and crop advisers will have an opportunity to receive flax production and market updates during North Dakota State University Extension’s Getting it Right virtual meeting from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 17.

“North Dakota is the largest flax-producing state in the U.S. - an estimated 190,000 acres were planted in 2020 - and the crop continues to be a viable option in crop rotations,” says Greg Endres, Extension cropping systems specialist and meeting co-coordinator.

“Interest in the crop is increasing for 2021 production due to increased market prices,” says Hans Kandel, Extension agronomist and the meeting’s other coordinator.

This educational event will provide recommendations to aid with flax production decisions for the 2021 growing season. Topics that will be covered and speakers are:

  • Variety considerations - Kandel
  • Plant establishment - Endres
  • Plant nutrition - Dave Franzen, NDSU Extension soil science specialist
  • Weed management - Brian Jenks, NDSU weed scientist, North Central Research Extension Center
  • Disease management with seed treatments and foliar fungicides - Sam Markell, NDSU Extension plant pathologist
  • Market update - John Zietz, Cargill strategic account manager
  • AmeriFlax report - Barry Coleman, AmeriFlax director

The program is free of charge but preregistration is required. Visit https:// . Those who preregister will receive emailed instructions on how to participate in the meeting.


The presentations will be recorded and archived. Certified crop adviser continuing education credits will be available for meeting participants.

This meeting is supported by AmeriFlax, the trade organization that represents North Dakota flax producers. The organization is funded by flax checkoff dollars from the North Dakota Oilseed Council.

This meeting is a fourth in the Getting it Right virtual meeting series. It included sessions on dry beans and soybeans in February and includes a program on canola on March 16 (agenda and preregistration information available at ). Video presentations from the prior meetings can be viewed at .

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