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Schmidt: Extension offers winter meetings

By Staff | Dec 2, 2016

By Yolanda Schmidt

County Agent

Northcentral Livestock Update

NDSU Extension Agents from the northcentral region will be holding their 2nd Annual NC Region Livestock Update on December 5th, at the Bisbee Memorial Building in Bisbee beginning at 6 p.m. Speakers and topics will include Mark Miller, Rolette County Agent, speaking about Break Even Costs; Karl Hoppe, Carrington REC Livestock Systems Specialist, will talk about Challenges and Opportunities of Feeding Poor Quality Hay; Lindy Berg, Towner County Agent, speaking about Vaccine Handling & Storage; Lisa Pederson, NDSU Extension Beef Quality Assurance Specialist will review proper Euthanasia Procedures; I will be giving an update on the Veterinary Feed Directive.

This event rotates among Pierce, Rolette, and Towner Counties and was held in Rugby last year.

2016 Annual NDSU Extension Service Crop Outlook

NDSU Extension Agents from northwestern and northcentral North Dakota have put together their annual series of producer Crop Outlook meetings to be held at seven locations across the region December 5-8. Six of the locations will feature similar agendas. The seventh location will have a slightly different agenda as part of the North Central Seed Show & Ag Expo in Mohall.

The NDSU Extension Service in Pierce County will be hosting one of these meetings at Dakota Farms in Rugby on Thursday, December 8th at 1:30pm. The “Crop Outlook” meeting series is designed to cover a variety of agronomic, management, and market issues that could be of concern to producers in the 2017 growing season.

Local Extension Agents will kick off each program with updates and issues of local concern. In Rugby on December 8th those issues will include Soybean Cyst Nematode and an overview of crop related decision making aids available. Agriculture is becoming increasingly high tech and producers are looking to increase yields and lower production costs at the same time through the use of new technology. Chris Augustin, NDSU Area Extension Soil Health Specialist will talk about “Applications of Precision Ag”. Fusarium Head Blight (Scab) and high DON (aka Vom or vomitoxin) was a serious shock to many producers this year. “Scab Issues & Vomitoxin Implications” will be presented by T J Prochaska, NDSU Area Extension Specialist/ Crop Protection or Clair Keene, NDSU Area Extension Specialist/ Cropping Systems depending on location. Frayne Olson, Associate Professor/Crops Economist with NDSU will provide producers at all locations with a “Marketing Update”. Frayne watches commodity production and use across North America and around the world to help producers make sense of crop futures trading levels and local basis which combine to give cash markets at local elevators. Frayne will be the only speaker who will be at all seven locations.

Outdoor Holiday Planter Workshop

The Pierce County Extension office is also pleased to offer its first Holiday Planter Workshop on Tuesday, December 13th. Two sessions will be offered: Session 1 begins at 1:00 pm and Session 2 begins at 5:30 pm.

Participants attending this fun and festive workshop will receive informal hands-on instruction on how to create an outdoor container arrangement filled with cool weather favorites to be displayed outdoors. Design considerations and ribbon making will also be covered. The $35 registration fee covers the cost of the materials participants will receive fresh evergreen boughs, branches, a 12-inch plastic pot, and soil to create a festive outdoor winter container.

Participants will need to bring their own hand pruners for trimming boughs, gloves if desired, a 12 foot length of ribbon, and embellishments for personalization if desired.

The fee ($35) is due at pre-registration and pre-registration is required. Spots are limited and filling fast. For more information or to register call the Pierce County Extension Office at 776-6234.

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