WILLISTON, N.D. - When oil and agriculture industries cross paths, there can be some risk involved.
The Williston Research Extension Center's 2019 Field Day is an event that allows researchers to show people what work they're doing to assist in reducing those risks. They're doing a nine-year study to come up with recommendations for land-owners who allow pipelines to go through their farms. Sometimes, water runs off toward the lower part of fields where pipes are laid, causing the soil to become very dense.
“The last thing anybody wants is for a land-owner to drive into an area where it's been subsided and cause damage to their vehicles, or make it such that they don't have the ability to harvest that area," said Tom Desutter, NDSU soil science professor.
The 2019 Field Day is not just an opportunity for staff to talk about current research they're doing. Tuesday, until 7 p.m. at the Williston research center, staff will also do tours and talk about how to make gardening easier and keep house plants healthy. On Thursday from 8:30 to noon, staff will be at the Nesson Valley site doing tours and giving updates on topics like USDA research updates and Emerging Weed Issues.
For more information, you can go to the Williston Research Extension Center's website: https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/willistonrec/events/2019-field-day-events