By Mikkel Pates
A 93-acre farmland parcel west of Wahpeton soon will be a new kind “land lab” for the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton.
A free land lease arrangement from a donor runs for three growing seasons, says Craig Zimprich, the school’s agriculture department chairman. The arrangement goes into effect this coming season. This past season the field was in soybeans, and it has been largely in a corn-soybean rotation.
The field is about a mile from the NDSCS campus on the west edge of Wahpeton, so it’s handy for student involvement.
NDSCS is working toward partnerships with agribusinesses to locate some demonstration plots on the land. “We’ll be starting out next spring with this,” Zimprich says, listing soil testing and a data mapping project with the National Corn Growers Association.
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