Froid Field Day features UGC elevator tour
The 2014 Froid Research Farm Field Day is set for Thursday afternoon, June 26th, and kicks off with a tour of United Grain Corporation’s (UGC) recently completed 1.4 million bushel capacity elevator in Culbertson.
The tour begins at 1 pm and Field Day participants are asked to meet at the elevator located at 111 1st Ave SW in Culbertson. Following the UGC tour, activities will move to the Froid Research Farm for the remainder of the day. The farmsite is located 8 miles north of Culbertson on MT Highway 16.
The United Grain Corporation was established in 1969 and is now one of the leading wheat export companies in the Pacific Northwest. Its export terminal located in Vancouver, WA boasts the largest storage capacity of any west coast grain export facility with over 7 million bushels of storage. In addition to Culbertson, the company has elevators in Bucyrus, ND and Conrad, Moccasin and Pompey’s Pillar, MT.
In addition to the UGC Elevator Tour, other tour topics and speakers include:
- Russian olive removal and restoration: Success and costs – Erin Espeland, USDA-ARS Plant Ecologist
- Insect pathogenic fungi – A new management tool for wireworms? – Stefan Jaronski, USDA-ARS Insect Pathologist
- Orange Wheat Blossom Midge: Looking at wheat midge trapping/surveys past and present in Northeastern Montana – Deb Waters, Biological Science Technician (Insects), ARS MSU’s new wheat midge monitoring program in MT – Ann Ronning, Roosevelt Co. Extension
- Diversified cover crop mixes in 11 demonstration strips – Brett Allen, USDA-ARS Agronomist and Rob Bray, USDA-NRCS Roosevelt Co.
- Brassica carinata, camelina, and a cover crop mix as fallow replacements in 2-yr durum rotations – Brett Allen, USDA-ARS Agronomist
- Plant breeding and market development of Ethiopian mustard – Patrick Crampton, Agrisoma Biosciences
- Crop yields and soil properties after thirty years of tillage and cropping sequence – Upendra Sainju, USDA-ARS Soil Scientist
The day concludes with the annual free steak dinner at 5:00 pm sponsored by the Sheridan and Roosevelt County Conservation Districts. Other event sponsors include the Sheridan and Roosevelt County Extension offices, and the USDA-ARS Northern Plains Agricultural Research Laboratory (NPARL) in Sidney.
Pesticide points are pending. For more information, contact Beth Redlin at 406-433-9427, Ann Ronning at 406-787-5312 or Laurie Young at (406) 787-5232 Ext. 101.