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Ducks Unlimited's Agronomy Program

Winter Cereals: Sustainability in Action is a joint research and education initiative of Ducks Unlimited and Bayer CropScience focused in the Prairie Pothole Region of North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.

The project includes: 

- Development of new winter wheat varieties with regional universities

- Winter wheat production research 

- Agronomic assistance for producers
        • Technical assistance
        • Research/demonstration plots and field tours
        • Educational materials and presentations 

- Research on waterfowl nesting success in winter wheat

The Winter Cereals: Sustainability in Action initiative promotes a stewardship model of improving agricultural productivity while maintaining habitat for wildlife. Winter wheat can be beneficial to a producer's operation by increasing profitability while spreading out workload for labor and equipment. The fall-planted crop also provides safe cover for nesting waterfowl.

DU promotes winter cereals because of the minimal field disturbance they bring in the spring of the year, which improves nesting success. Research in Canada shows that duck nest success improves by 35 times with fall-planted winter cereals when compared to spring planted cereals.

Latest News:

Bayer CropScience and Ducks Unlimited , recently announced the inclusion of South Dakota State University (SDSU) as the program's first research partner. The announcement was made at the SDSU Innovation Campus. Full Story...

Read the recent Agronomy News (June 2011) 

Check out back issues at Agronomy News archives!

Trial Results - 2010

Andover, SD Berthold, ND
Crosby, ND Edgeley, ND
Huron, SD Leola, SD
Mohall, ND Roseglen, ND
Roslyn, SD East and West River, SD

Other

Winter Wheat Management Information

2010 North Dakota Winter Wheat Seed Grower Directory

2010 South Dakota Winter Wheat Seed Grower Directory

2009 North Dakota Winter Wheat Seed Grower Directory

2009 South Dakota Winter Wheat Seed Grower Directory

NDSU Small Grains

NDSU Research Extension Center


Contact us:

Blake Vander Vorst
-Sr. Agronomist

Ducks Unlimited
2525 River Road
Bismarck, ND 58503

701-355-3500 
Cell:  701-391-2251  701-391-2251
bvandervorst@ducks.org

Roger Knapp
-Agronomist

Wild Rice Soil Conservation Dist.
8991 Hwy 32 North
Forman, ND 58032

701-724-3247  701-724-3247 Ext. 115
Cell:  701-678-4311  701-678-4311
rknapp@ducks.org

Steve Dvorak
-Agronomist

Ducks Unlimited
2525 River Road Bismarck, ND 58503

701-355-3500
sdovorak@ducks.org

John Lukach
-Agronomist

9280 107th Avenue NE
Langdon, ND 58249

701-256-2582
john.lukach@ndsu.edu

Jason Riopel
-Agronomist

5400 Highway 83 South Minot, ND 58701

701-857-7679
jriopel@ducks.org

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