During last year’s tour, we talked about drought and conserving moisture. We had a lot of blowing soil in the county. People tried new things in response to that. Now we are farming the other end of the spectrum with this wet spring! How are these conservation practices holding up?

JULY 7th: GET ON THE BUS AND EXPLORE WITH US ON THE GREATEST TOUR ON DIRT! The Walsh County Soil Health Team collaborators (Extension, SCD, NRCS and a sugar beet agronomist) are bringing you the greatest tour possible this year!

We have a morning program at the community center in Minto, ND featuring a core group from NDSU Extension: Dr. Abbey Wick, Dr. David Franzen, Naeem Kalwar, and Brad Brummond. After we enjoy some delicious homemade meatballs and gravy, we’ll board the bus at 12:15 pm for the field tour. We are revisiting the topic of strip-till and will look at a couple of sites where beets are seeded into strips. Planting into rye is becoming more popular and we’ll see sites where the spring crop was planting into standing rye. Always a great time! Hope you can join us!

RSVP to scdoffice@polarcomm.com or call 701-284-7363 to provide your RSVP by July 1st. If you don’t require a meal or transportation, you are welcome to join us at any point in the day without the RSVP.

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2021 : This drought is affecting everyone and there is no way to know how long this will last. It is a great time to be talking about strip tillage and no-till as ways to conserve soil moisture! Get on the bus on July 8th for the Soil Health Tour with NDSU, the Walsh County Soil Health Team and area producers! Let’s talk.

Sarah Johnston, Soil Conservation District Manager


The last big tour we had with

Dr. Wick, Dr. Franzen and Naeem Kalwar.

Let’s do this again July 8th, 2021!

You won’t want to miss this big one! Join us on July 8th in Park River, ND to tour no-till and strip till fields with producers who are trying new things in their operations! If you’ve ever wanted to see strip tillage in a sugar beet rotation on Red River Valley Soils, now is your chance! We’ll visit fields farmed by Jamie Bennington and Lee & Jay Gudajtes using strip tillage and no-till in sugar beets. Before we head out to the field, we’ll enjoy talks from Dr. Abbey Wick (NDSU), Dr. David Franzen (NDSU), and Naeem Kalwar (NDSU) at the extension office in Park River. Special guest Carson Klosterman of Wyndmere, ND will discuss how he’s used strip tillage over the years. We’ll also touch on cover crops and soil erosion, especially as they relate to what farmers are dealing with in the field right now.

Get on the bus with us or drive yourself using the map provided! Do what makes you comfortable. Masks are not required on this tour. We encourage COVID precautions, however, please take into consideration that the risk of transmission will not be zero on this tour. We’ll be in the extension office in the morning and outside in the afternoon.

If you’d like to attend please RSVP by Tuesday, July 6th, 2021. We’d love to have enough food for everyone by getting those RSVPs. Beth from Beth’s Home Cooking is catering. More information can be found below! If you have any questions, please contact members of our soil health team—Brad Brummond at 701-284-6624 or text Yari at the Soil Conservation District at 701-520-1927 to RSVP.

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