Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Farm Tour Fun

The annual AdFarm farm tour came to Griggs Dakota yesterday. Many agreed, "It was the best tour ever."

Above: More than sixty visitors attended the farm tour. Most were AdFarm employees. Others included agriculture professionals, journalists and friends. Note the tour bus in the background. It's not very often we have a charter bus in Griggs Dakota!

Above: Al Slater from Busch starts the tour with a fascinating talk on malting barley.

Above: Niece Elissa loves standing in the barley field. The beards tickle her nose.

Above: The cool season has been ideal for barley development. According to Al, this field should be ready to harvest in two weeks.

Above: Bob Joerger from Monsanto talks about improvements in corn genetics at the corn test plot.

Above: Corn is a warm season crop. Our corn is short and behind schedule because of the cool summer. We need rain, heat and a later-than-normal frost this fall for this corn to make it to maturity.

Above: At each stop, the group gathers to listen to our featured speakers.

Above: Blake Vander Vorst, agronomist for Ducks Unlimited (left), and Mark Haugland of Bayer Crop Science (right) share perspectives on the benefits of growing winter wheat. Bayer and Ducks Unlimited are cooperating with NDSU, University of Minnesota, and SDSU to develop cold-tolerant winter wheat varieties appropriate for the northern plains.

Above: The winter wheat is progressing. Harvest is still a few weeks away.

Above: Bob Joerger discusses Asgrow 00901 seed soybeans.

Above: The small balls on the root of soybean plants are nitrogen nodules. The nodules convert nitrogen from the air into nitrogen the plant can use.

Above: Soybeans are another warm season crop that are behind schedule this year.

Above: Mark Haugland (left) and Jordan Varberg (right), both from Bayer Crop Science, talk about InVigor hybred canola on the fourth and final stop. Canola is a cool season broadleaf and is an excellent set-up crop for winter wheat.

Above: Canola swathing will likely begin in the next two weeks, depending on the weather. The seed pods will be purple when they are ready to swath. (As I'm sure you've noted, this is the third crop that will be ready for harvest in the next two weeks.)

Above: Mike Hallingstad of Sharon Bean Company (left) talks about pinto beans, specifically the AdFarm pinto bean field, in the final presentation of the tour.

Above: The pinto beans are starting to flower. The plants are in a critical growth stage. Rain will be needed for the crop to reach its potential.

Above: Following the tour, we head back to the house for refreshments and PIE! Jane made 19 pies for this event.

Above: Time to visit and enjoy pie.

Above: Sheridyn Greenwalt, of the AdFarm Kansas City office, and Katie Pinke, AdFarm's director of new business development, enjoy their pie in the porch.

Above: Niece Elissa has a piece of lemon meringue. In her words, "num num!"

Above: Roger Reierson, Chairman and President of AdFarm, is happy to find niece Anika is crazy about farming -- enlarge the photo and look at her hat!

Above: The Lukens kids: full-grown friends.

1 comment:

  1. What a tour it was! Great fun, information, fun and PIE.