Hydrogen-powered Tractor Debuts

NDSU project will be unveiled at Minot field day July 18.

A tractor that NDSU students retrofitted to run on hydrogen will be on display at the North Central Research Extension Center's field day July 18.

The event will start at 9 a.m. with refreshments and a welcome from Jay Fisher, center director. A pest diagnostic clinic and display booths also will open at 9.

The displays will include a tractor that NDSU students retrofitted to run on hydrogen and a pickup that has been modified to run on hydrogen and E-85, as well as gas.

People are welcome to bring plant samples or insect specimens for diagnosis.

The field tour begins at 9:30. It will include presentations from Richard Horsley, an NDSU barley breeder; Elias Elias, NDSU durum breeder; Mohamed Mergoum, NDSU hard red spring wheat breeder; Michael McMullen, NDSU oat breeder; Kirk Howatt, NDSU weed scientist; and Marcelo Melani, NDSU canola breeder, and Dieter Hermsmeier, a research specialist at the North Central center, on canola.

A community celebration lunch is scheduled for noon, with a ribbon cutting and dedication of the center's new agronomy research laboratory and greenhouse, and remarks from Chapman.

"We're very proud of our new agronomy research laboratory and greenhouse, which has been a joint effort of $1.1 million raised locally and financial support from the governor and last two legislative sessions to complete the building," Fisher says. "We are inviting all donors and individuals involved in the fundraising for this celebration."

The center is south of Minot on U.S. Highway 83.

Source: NDSU Extension Communications

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