4-H Achievement Days event schedule
Achievement Days preparations are well underway in our office. The dates for this year’s 4-H Achievement Days are June 26-28. The 3-day event will take place at the Pierce County Fairgrounds and will begin with Static Exhibit, project record book, and pets judging on June 26, followed by the 4-H Horse Show on June 27 and wrap-up with the Livestock Show on June 28.
Static exhibits will be open to the public following the conclusion of judging and are expected to be on display in the fairgrounds community building through Saturday evening during the Pierce County Fair.
The 4-H horse show will be held in the arena at the Pierce County Fairgrounds and is open to the public. The horse show includes 6 Western classes, 4 Timed classes, and 2 English classes.
We expect livestock exhibits to be available for public viewing beginning on June 27 after 7pm through Sunday, June 30. Keeping animals through Sunday, June 30 is not a requirement, so spectators wishing to see all of the 4-H animal exhibits will want to attend the 4-H Livestock show. The 4-H livestock show is open to the public to attend and Pierce County 4-Her’s would be thrilled to have you in the audience as they showcase the countless hours they’ve spent preparing their animals for this year’s 4-H Achievement Days!
Our 4-H families are also excited to be bringing back their Cow Pie and Chicken Bingo Fundraiser. The Cow Pie and Chicken Bingo fundraiser will be held two days and will take place in the arena of the south barn on the fairgrounds. The first round of Cow Pie and Chicken Bingo will take place at on June 28 at 6:00pm and the second round will take place on June 29 at 1:00pm. Tickets for both events will again be pre-sold with any remaining tickets being sold up to one hour before each event. No ticket purchases will be available during 4-H Achievement Days judging times as this is a time for us to focus on our youth’s achievements over the past year. Tickets will soon be available for purchase from any 4-H family or at the Pierce County Extension office.
In addition to 4-H Achievement Days preparations, a common call or specimen coming into my office this time of year involves homeowners describing curling, cupping, twisting and/or stunted looking leaves in garden and landscape plants and trees. In most cases, these signs indicate exposure to some type of herbicide coming from an inappropriately applied broadleaf weed herbicide for lawns. According to NDSU Extension Service Horticulturalists, “Now is not a good time to kill dandelions and other broadleaf weeds in the lawn. You will have better success at killing weeds if you wait until late September since this is when weeds move nutrients and herbicides down to their roots. The cooler temps at that time will also reduce the likelihood of chemicals volatilizing and drifting onto your garden plants.”
When properly used, herbicides rarely cause problems on non-target plants. Herbicide injury can occur when inappropriate application methods are used, when they turn into a gas (volatilization), or when they are blown by the wind away from the targeted area (often called drift).
There are a number of reasons that may cause herbicides to end up in a spot in your landscape other than the intended location. These include:
– Application Method
– Soil Factors
Another factor which involves use of manure, straw, or grass clippings that have been treated with herbicide. Pyridine herbicides, which are widely used to control weeds in pastures, can persist in hay, straw, or manure for months or longer. Tomato, potato, pepper, bean and pea are especially sensitive to pyridine, but other vegetables including carrot, lettuce, spinach and beet are also sensitive. Rose, dahlia, and annuals such as marigold and sunflower are sensitive. Pyridine herbicides may break down in a few weeks or, in some cases, in a few years. Gardeners who suspect their soil is contaminated can test their manure by growing beans in pots containing a 1:1 mixture of the manure with potting soil. If the potted beans grow well, the pyridine has broken down to acceptable levels.
Always take time to read, understand, and follow the product label as pesticide labels provide specific instructions that must be followed whether the product being applied is a herbicide, insecticide, or fungicide.
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