Workshops focus on improved management of wheat, barley and soybeans


Best of the Best in Wheat and Barley Research and Marketing workshops will be held in Dickinson on Feb. 7 and Minot on Feb 8.  The programs are focused on providing tools to help producers make better management decisions for their farm.  They are a joint sponsorship of the North Dakota Wheat Commission, North Dakota Grain Growers Association, North Dakota Barley Council, North Dakota Crop Improvement Association and the North Dakota State University Extension Service.

Presentation topics include: identifying and managing wheat diseases, wheat and barley variety updates, managing winter wheat, factors that contributed to poor yields last season and the growing problem of saline soils. “These meetings are very timely as producers have come off another year of production related challenges.  The research being presented will help them address some of those issues and also provide timely insight on emerging issues,” says Jim Peterson, NDWC Marketing Director.  The program also includes hands-on demonstrations on: infield sensors, winter wheat survival and identifying root rot, why barley quality matters in malting and identifying the difference in fungal, bacterial and viral small grain diseases.

The Best of the Best in Wheat and Barley Research and Marketing workshops will be held Feb. 7 at the Ramada Grand Dakota Lodge in Dickinson and Feb. 8 at the Grand International in Minot.  The meeting in Dickinson will begin at 8:55 a.m. and the meeting in Minot will begin at approximately 10:30 a.m., after the general session of the Crop Improvement meeting.  North Dakota and Minnesota wheat and soybean groups will also sponsor Best of the Best meetings that focus on wheat and soybean issues.  These meetings are scheduled for Jan. 31 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Moorhead and Feb. 1 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks beginning at 8:30 a.m.

“As in the past, these meetings will present the latest research results addressing some of the critical issues facing wheat and soybean producers in the region,” says Joel Ransom, NDSU Extension Service agronomist.  Some of the topics include: soil drainage, residue management, fertilizer management and wheat and soybean disease and pest management.

Meeting materials and lunch will be provided to attendees.  There is no participation fee, but advanced registration is required.  To register for the Dickinson and Minot meetings call 701-328-5111, or register online  To register for the Grand Forks and Moorhead meetings call 800-242-6118, ext 13 or register online at  For detailed agendas, visit

Source: North Dakota Wheat Commission