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Agricultural Research Service

Issue: November/December 2008
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Northern PlainFacts.

Current Issue: November/December 2008


The Northern PlainFacts electronic newsletter offers brief updates on research, personnel, and events from both the Agricultural Systems Research Unit and Pest Management Research Unit at NPARL, and includes contact names and information for those interested in further details. 
 

In This Month's Issue:

       

ARS researcher invited to speak at Irrigation Workshop 

ARS researcher invited to speak at South Dakota State University 

ARS researcher to speak at the WA Horticultural Association Meeting

ARS researcher to speak at the South Dakota Ag Horizons Conference

ARS researchers invited to meet with scientists at international bio firm

ARS researcher to speak at Entomological Society of America Meeting   

ARS Researchers attend Wyoming Weed & Pest Annual Meeting 


 
 
 

ARS researcher invited to speak at Irrigation Workshop

NPARL Research Leader and Agricultural Engineer Robert Evans has been invited to speak at the “Maximize your $$$ Irrigation Workshop” to be held at North Dakota State University’s Williston Research Extension Center in Williston, ND, on December 17. The workshop will focus on how irrigators can achieve consistency in crop yields and quality, with an emphasis on specific water management techniques and crops. Dr. Evans, Research Leader of NPARL’s Agricultural Systems Research Unit, will discuss the innovative research being done at NPARL on strip tillage of sugar beet. That research has shown that productivity and quality are comparable between strip tillage and conventional tillage systems over a five-year period. In addition, Sidney ARS research has shown that strip tillage can save producers up to $100/acre in fuel costs and time since it requires 5 to 6 fewer trips across the field than does conventional tillage. Joining Dr. Evans to discuss additional strip tillage research and application efforts at North Dakota State University in Fargo will be NDSU Ag Machines Specialist John Nowatzki and producer Scott Flynn. Other topics at the workshop include updates on EQIP programs, research at Nesson Valley, irrigation crop budgets, irrigation water management, irrigation scheduling and an update from the ND State Water Commission.

 

(Bob Evans, 406.433.9496, robert.evans@ars.usda.gov)

 

 

ARS researcher invited to speak at South Dakota State University

NPARL Research Entomologist Stefan Jaronski was invited to speak to the South Dakota State University Department of Plant Sciences and the ARS North Central Agricultural Research Laboratory (NCARL), in Brookings, SD as part of their Fall 2008 Seminar Speaking Series. Dr. Jaronski, a member of NPARL’s Pest Management Research Unit, spoke at SDSU on December 8th. His seminar, entitled “Managing Maggot Mania Mycologically with Metarhizum,” featured his research on the sugar beet root maggot and the use of new fungal agents to help manage this important sugar beet pest. That research has shown that at low to moderate insect pressure Metarhizium works as well as the most common chemical control used. Dr. Jaronski is currently studying the integration of Metarhizium with a suite of other management tools to better control higher insect pressure situations.

 

(Stefan Jaronski, 406.433.9486, stefan.jaronski@ars.usda.gov

 

  

ARS researcher to speak at the WA Horticultural Association Meeting

NPARL Agricultural Engineer Dr. Robert Evans spoke at the 104th annual meeting of the Washington State Horticultural Association held in Yakima, WA, on December 1-3. The meeting “Celebrating Tree Fruit: Opportunities for the Next Generation” was attended by over 1,300 participants and 200 exhibitors. Dr. Evans gave a keynote address on the basics of reducing low temperature injury to orchard and vine crops to growers, industry and Extension people. The speaking invitation was the result of previous research on cold temperature protection of crops conducted by Dr. Evans while at Washington State University. Dr. Evans currently serves as Research Leader of NPARL’s Agricultural Systems Research Unit. The Washington State Horticultural Association was organized in 1904 and represents both shippers and growers. Their mission is to advance and enhance the tree fruit industry in the state of Washington.

 

(Bob Evans, 406.433.9496, robert.evans@ars.usda.gov)

 

 

ARS researcher to speak at the South Dakota Ag Horizons Conference

NPARL Research Ecologist Dr. Andrew Lenssen was invited to speak at the 2008 “Crops, Critters and Carbons” Ag Horizons Conference held in Pierre, SD on December 2-3. Dr. Lenssen’s talk entitled “Dryland Cropping Systems for Improved Crop Productivity and Weed Management” was scheduled for presentation both days. His research addresses improved weed management and crop production practices in irrigated and dryland environments. An estimated 400 participants attended this year's two-day conference, which featured 25 speakers on a wide range of topics including cover crops, carbon credits, crop rotation, variety recommendations, entomology and weed management, fertilizer costs, and insurance and taxation updates. The event is popular with producers. Dr. Lenssen is a member of NPARL’s Agricultural Systems Research Unit.

 

(Andrew Lenssen, 406.433.9471, andy.lenssen@ars.usda.gov)

 

 

ARS researchers invited to meet with scientists at international bio firm

NPARL Research Entomologist Stefan Jaronski was invited to speak to researchers at Novozymes Biologicals, Corp. in Salem, VA Dec. 3 to discuss his sugarbeet maggot research using the firm’s Metarhizium fungus (F52). Novozymes is a global company headquartered in Denmark that produces industrial enzymes, microorganisms and biopharmaceutical ingredients for industry. Dr. Jaronski’s findings may lead to the expansion of Novozymes’ fungus registration to sugar beets. Also joining Dr. Jaronski was Microbiologist Mark Jackson, from ARS’ National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research in Peoria, IL, who discussed fermentation issues. Dr. Jaronski is a member of NPARL’s Pest Management Research Unit.

 

(Stefan Jaronski, 406.433.9486, stefan.jaronski@ars.usda.gov)

 

 

ARS researcher to speak at the Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting

NPARL Research Botanist John Gaskin spoke at the 56th annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) held in Reno, NV on November 16-19, 2008. Dr. Gaskin’s presentation was entitled “Importance of Molecular Studies on Target Weeds for Biological Control” and was part of the Plant-Insect Ecology symposia section entitled “Advances in Weed Biological Control: The On-going Metamorphosis.” The ESA is the largest organization in the world serving the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and people in related disciplines. Dr. Gaskin is Research Leader of NPARL’s Pest Management Research Unit. His research focuses on the systematics and population structure of invasive plants. 

 

(John Gaskin, 406.433.9444, john.gaskin@ars.usda.gov)

 

 

ARS Researchers attend Wyoming Weed & Pest Annual Meeting

NPARL Research Botanist John Gaskin and Research Ecologist Erin Espeland attended the 64th Annual Weed and Pest Council Fall Conference held November 4-6, 2008 in Riverton, WY. The meeting was held in conjunction with Wyoming Department of Agriculture, Wyoming Weed and Pest Control Districts and University of Wyoming. Speakers were also invited from Colorado, Idaho, Utah and Montana to present a variety of topics related to weeds and pests. Several sessions focused on the annual business meeting of the Weed and Pest Council. A Bio-Control Research Update was given by John Simons of the Dept. of Interior from Montana. Gaskin and Espeland are both members of NPARL’s Pest Management Research Unit, where Gaskin also serves as Research Leader.

 

(John Gaskin, 406.433.9444, john.gaskin@ars.usda.gov)

(Erin Espeland, 406.433.9416, erin.espeland@ars.usda.gov)  

 

 

 


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