Written by Culbertson Searchlight
The 2014 Froid Research Farm Field Day is set for Thursday afternoon, June 26, and kicks off with a tour of United Grain Corporation’s recently completed 1.4 million bushel capacity elevator in Culbertson.
The tour begins at 1 p.m. and field day participants are asked to meet at the elevator located at 111 First 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 eight miles north of Culbertson on Montana Hwy. 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, Wash., boasts the largest storage capacity of any west coast grain export facility with over seven million bushels of storage. In addition to Culbertson, the company has elevators in Bucyrus, N.D., and Conrad, Moccasin and Pompey’s Pillar.
Also featured at this year’s tour are research talks on: microbial controls for wireworm; oilseed / cover crop mixes as fallow replacements in two-year durum rotations; plant breeding / market development of Ethiopian mustard, Russian olive removal/ restoration success and cost; diversified cover crop mixes demonstration plots; a thirty-year study of tillage and cropping sequence impacts on yields and soil properties, and more.
The day concludes with the annual free steak dinner at 5 p.m. 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 in Sidney.
Pesticide points are pending. More tour details will be available shortly. For more information on the day, contact Beth Redlin at 406-433-9427.