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Extension projects and upcoming webinars

By Staff | May 1, 2020

With the exception of face-to-face programming being suspended until May 15 (possibly longer) and various staff across the state working remotely due to COVID-19 social distancing practices, Extension offices across the state are still operating as usual. The Pierce County NDSU Extension office is no exception. We have been working to get the remaining Private Pesticide Applicators who had not yet attended a training prior to the halt on face-to-face programming certified via online opportunities. These opportunities were developed in response to the COVID-19 situation.

Additionally, although things remain uncertain, we are still planning and preparing for Pierce County 4-H Achievement Days. A final decision will be made in conjunction with 4-H Leaders Council by May 15.

In addition to collaborating on various state program team projects, I am gearing up for the statewide Livestock Water Quality Sampling Project, a Wheat Stand Survey and a Crabgrass Monitoring Project. For those who were familiar with and followed the Grazing Readiness Project the past couple of years, we will not be conducting that project statewide this year, but I am available for individual consultations.

I am still available to answer field, pasture, garden and yard questions, however, until face-to-face interaction restrictions for NDSU are lifted, the process will be a bit different than in the past.

In the absence of face-to-face Extension programming during this time, I wanted to point out several webinars we have available.

The NDSU Soil Health Webinar Series begins this week, April 28 and continues through May 14. These soil health webinars will begin at 11:00 a.m. A list of topics can be found at www.ndsu.edu/soilhealth/

All of the presentations will be pre-recorded and edited for good quality sound. Presenters and/or Naeem Kalwar and Abbey Wick will be available during each webinar to answer questions and talk thru ideas. Zoom and call-in information:

ndsu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIodOGrqj8oH9NpQxYxFPwQdxIDECyN8lrm

All of the recorded webinars will be made available at NDSU.edu/soilhealth/

– Agriculture Markets Outlook Webinar Series will continue each Friday at 12:30 p.m. CT for a discussion of the latest markets. This series is an opportunity to have continuing dialogue with agricultural producers, agribusinesses and those in the energy industry who want to understand more about how COVID-19 may impact North Dakota.

Participants can register for the upcoming weekly Agriculture Markets Outlook Webinar or access past webinars by visiting:

www.ag.ndsu.edu/cropeconomics/agriculture-markets-outlook-webinar-series.

– Horse Grazing Management Webinar: Horse owners will have an opportunity to learn about grazing management issues during an upcoming webinar hosted by NDSU Extension Specialists and Agents on Wednesday, May 6, at noon CDT. Topics will include:

* Grass mixes found in North Dakota horse pastures

* New grass establishment (seeding rates, interseeding, fertilizing)

* Timing of grazing based on plant growth

* Rotational grazing and fencing tips

* Transitioning your horse from winter hay to summer grass

* Plants toxic to grazing horses

* Dry lot management

To register for the Horse Grazing Management Webinar, visit: www.tinyurl.com/NDSUHorseGrazing2020

This week NDSU Extension and FSA (Farm Service Agency) co-hosted their final 3-part series FSA Programs Webinar highlighting some of the available programs and the sign-up processes available to producers and others involved in agriculture. For those who are not subscribed to the NDSU Extension Pierce County email list to receive notifications of upcoming programs or those who may have missed it due to conflicts, the FSA program recordings will be archived at www.ag.ndsu.edu/extension/economics for later viewing.

For questions on any of this week’s topics or to be added to the NDSU Extension Pierce County email or text list, please call the office at 776-6234 Ext. 5.

Schmidt is the NDSU Extension Agent for Pierce County.

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