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New area for dry beans?
January 09, 2004

Judging by a workshop that was held Jan. 6, a new area in North Dakota may begin producing dry beans soon.

Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative and First International Bank and Trust hosted a seminar titled "Maximize Your Pivot $$$ Irrigation Workshop" at Williston, N.D.

The region expects to see a growth in irrigation in northwest North Dakota with the construction of a privately-owned ethanol plant in Williston.

Farmers will need a high-value crop to rotate with irrigated corn. Possibilities include irrigated barley, dry beans and potatoes.

Speakers at the workshop included Jim Staricka, NDSU extension specialist, discussing moisture monitoring systems; Tom Scherer, NDSU extension specialist, on chemigation; Bob Evans, Sidney Ag Research Center, on irrigation scheduling/pivot management; Dwight Aakre, NDSU extension specialist, on economics in crop rotation; Joel Ransom, NDSU extension specialist, on corn irrigation management; Dave Jacobson, of Busch Ag Resources, on malt barley irrigation management; and Duane Berglund, NDSU extension specialist, on crop irrigation management of soybeans, dry beans, canola and safflower.

Growers using irrigation in the Williston area are seeing early success, says Chet Hill, NDSU area extension specialist in northwest North Dakota.

But there is always potential for a better yield, he says.

One of the biggest concerns is trying to achieve consistency with crop yields, and the quality of the crops.

This is Hill's second workshop in a series focusing on irrigation. The first showed producers the benefits of using pivot systems.


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