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Schmidt: Pesticide applicator certification dates scheduled

January 30, 2015
Yolanda Schmidt - County Agent , Pierce County Tribune

If you purchase or apply restricted use pesticides you will need to be certified. The certification fee is $30. Checks are payable to the NDSU Extension Service. Currently, certifications are good for 3 years and expire on April 1st. Testing for new applicants or those who have let their certification lapse will not be available the day of the training you attend. New applicators can test on March 27th or make an appointment to test on an alternative day.

Pierce County private applicator certification meetings will be held in Rugby to recertify or certify on the following dates:

Thursday, February 26, 2015 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Rugby Eagles check-in @ 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 12, 2015 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Rugby Eagles check-in @ 7:30 a.m.

Thursday, March 26, 2015 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. location TBD check-in @ 12:30 p.m.

The testing period for new applicators or those with expired certificates will be held on:

Friday, March 27, 2015 testing only 9:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. at the Courthouse Community Meeting Room.

For those re-certifying, if you cannot attend one of these meetings, you have the option of attending a meeting in another county or you may elect to take a monitored 60 question open book test.

New applicators will need to attend a training session and take a 30 question open book test OR they may elect to take the 60 question version if no training has been attended. There are no take home exams. You must either attend a scheduled training or take a monitored exam.

This year, now that the Pierce County Extension office has support staff, we will begin implementing a pre-registration system in order to ensure that there is enough space and materials at each scheduled training. Those applicators with expiring certificates in our private applicator database can expect to receive pre-registration letters and information during the first week of February.

For questions, to pre-register, to find out about trainings in other counties, or to schedule a time to take the tests please call the Pierce County Extension office at 776-6234 ext. 5.

RSVP for PCAIA meeting

The annual meeting of the Pierce County Agricultural Improvement Association (PCAIA) will be held on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Rugby Eagles Club.

All interested agriculturalists are invited to attend. There is no cost to attend the meeting. There is a $3 fee for those wishing to join or renew their Pierce County Agricultural Improvement Association membership.

Program topics include:

Farm Bill Options & Economics

Pierce County Dry Pea & Lentil and Oilseed-Sunflower Commodity Elections

PCAIA Annual Business Meeting & Seed Increase Update

Small Grain Variety Update

Winter Wheat Survivability

Commodity Market Outlook

Energy Price Outlook

To help us plan for food and materials, please RSVP by Thursday, February 5 by calling the Pierce County Extension office at 776-6234 Ext 5.

2014 Soybean Cyst Nematode Levels

Soybean Cyst Nematode is the single biggest disease threat across the United States, and it is spreading quickly in North Dakota. If growers find it early, it can be managed with resistance and rotation, but if they get behind on it, it will reduce yield for years. Last fall, you may recall receiving an email from the Pierce County NDSU Extension office notifying you of the availability of a limited number of sample bags available for distribution for the soybean cyst nematode (SCN) sampling program sponsored by the North Dakota Soybean Council.

This week I wanted to share the results of the North Dakota soybean cyst nematode survey conducted last fall. There were four samples collected and submitted for Pierce County.

At this point soil samples in Pierce County indicate zero levels for soybean cyst nematode, however moderate SCN levels have been found in two neighboring counties. SCN has already crept farther west across North Dakota, meaning it will only be a matter of time before Pierce County soybean growers will be faced with the challenges of managing it as well.

The North Dakota Soybean Council has agreed to fund the same sample program for 2015, up to 2,000 samples. Like last year, sample bags will be distributed to county offices for distribution to growers and updated maps will be created. These maps allow for monitoring the spread of SCN across the state to enable growers a better chance at staying ahead of this yield robbing foe.

SCN is spreading and is becoming a major issue in the state. This disease can be managed but must be found early. Unlike most diseases, you can take a 15-30% yield hit before you see above ground symptoms. Therefore, soil sampling is a critical component of management.

 
 

 

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