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Published July 10, 2015, 09:39 AM

Dickinson (N.D.) Research Extension Center welcomes new agronomist Buetow

The new cropping systems specialist at the Dickinson Research Extension Center spent his childhood on a dairy farm in Minnesota, an experience that led to a lifelong pursuit in agriculture.

By: Abby Kessler , Forum News Service

The new cropping systems specialist at the Dickinson Research Extension Center spent his childhood on a dairy farm in Minnesota, an experience that led to a lifelong pursuit in agriculture.

In Ryan Buetow’s new job providing agronomic support to agriculture producers in the region, however, he’s still getting accustomed to the nuances of southwest North Dakota’s crops, which he said are “very different” than what he grew up with.

“There are different crops out here than in Minnesota,” he said, “and different kinds of management methods.”

Buetow attended North Dakota State University, where he pursued an undergraduate degree in crop and weed science and a master’s degree in plant sciences. His background in agronomy and cropping systems, DREC director Kris Ringwall said, are “key for agriculture production out here.”

“He excelled in those areas,” Ringwall said, adding Buetow’s internships for Monsanto Winfield and the USDA Agricultural Research Service also made him stand out as a candidate.

Beutow’s skill set, Ringwall said, will allow him to help farmers solve planning, crop rotation and production issues as they arise.

Beutow said the availability of moisture and variety of crops in the region are unlike the eastern part of the state. While he admits there has been a learning curve, Buetow said he will apply his knowledge to help people in the region as best he can.

Due to conditions, Ringwall said there are no shortage of questions that need to be answered from fertilizer application to management issues, which he said has kept Buetow busy.

“What a month (June) to start,” Ringwall said. “It has been a great growing season.”

Buetow said the majority of his first month has been focused on organizing the DREC Summer Field Day on Wednesday, which will include half-hour sessions presented by a number of professors and agriculture specialists.

“Planning this event has been on the forefront of things,” Buetow said. “We have all the speakers locked in and I am pretty excited about how it has turned out.”

Buetow started his new position June 1. He replaced Roger Ashley, who retired from the center where he’d worked since January 1997.

“Anytime you have a changeover in staff — especially replacing someone after retirement — there are full-career programs in place,” Ringwall said. “Those are very established, well-grounded programs and you have to carry them on while starting new ones.”

He said assuming those duties while also creating new ideas is difficult, but that Buetow’s background in the field has made the transition smooth.

“I have some big shoes to fill,” Buetow said. “But, I am going to do my best at this.”

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