Renville County Extension
NDSU Extension Service in Renville County gives local residents easy access to the resources and expertise of North Dakota State University. Through educational programs, publications, and events, extension agents deliver unbiased, research-based information to Renville County citizens. We can answer your questions on a wide array of topics. To find out how we can help you, browse our site or contact us by email or phone or stop at our office at the Renville County Courthouse in Mohall.
Dates to Remember -
February 7th - Nourishing Boomers and Beyond. 12:30p.m. at the Mohall Senior Center. Learn how to take care of your muscles, heart, brain, eyes, bones, joints, and digestive system. Enjoy new topics, activities and sample recipes the first Friday of every month. Learn more through the free newsletter and online modules at www.ndsu.edu/boomers.
PRIVATE APPLICATORS CERTIFICATION MEETINGS
The Renville County Extension Service has scheduled Private Applicators Certification meetings for February and March. You must attend a meeting or you will need to re-write the test. The Renville County meetings will be held:
Renville County meetings will be held at the following times and locations:
Wednesday, February 19, 9 a.m. - Sherwood Sr. Citizens Center, Sherwood
Friday, March 7, 9 a.m. – Community Hall, Tolley
Monday, March 31, 6 p.m. – Emergency Services Facility, Mohall
This training is required for anyone who uses restricted use pesticides and does not have a current license. The session will include up‑to‑date information on safety measures, pesticide labeling, pesticide laws, and updates on 2014 information. There is a $30 charge for certification.
Initial certifications will be required to complete a test. This is a 30 question exam that will follow the meeting. You can attend a meeting in any other county if that would work out better. If you have any questions concerning licensing or details on these meetings, please contact the Renville County Extension Office at 756-6392 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2013 Increase Seed
The Renville-Bottineau Ag Improvement (RBAIA)is currently taking sign up for quantities of Elgin-ND to be certified. According to Dale Williams, Director NDSU Foundation Seedstock Director, Elgin-ND’s attributes are yield, quality and disease protection. 2014 marks the first year that Elgin-ND, a hard red spring wheat variety from North Dakota State University, will be available for general distribution to commodity growers.
Elgin-ND has high yield potential. According to North Dakota variety trial results for 2012, Elgin-ND’s yield beat five of the top six most popular varieties for the year in eastern North Dakota. The average yield in 2012 for Elgin-ND across eastern North Dakota locations was 62.6 bushels per acre, compared with 58.2 bushels for Barlow, the variety with the most acres planted in the state.
In addition to yield, protein levels of Elgin-ND are very good. Glenn is known for its quality and high protein, but Elgin-ND’s protein rivals it. In 2011, Elgin-ND had a higher average protein level (16.6 percent) than Glenn (16.5 percent). The average protein for Elgin-ND in 2010 through 2011 was 15.6 percent, which was just less than 0.1 percent below that of Glenn, but higher than Barlow’s 14.8 percent and Faller’s 14.3 percent.
Elgin-ND has a good disease resistance package, including resistance to prevalent leaf and stem rusts. Elgin-ND also is moderately resistant/susceptible to scab.
The hard red spring wheat breeding program at NDSU developed Elgin-ND. It is widely adapted to the spring wheat region of North Dakota.
“As producers consider what to plant next year, they should take a look at Elgin-ND,” says Williams. “Three of the most important characteristics wheat growers are looking for include yield, quality and disease protection, which Elgin-ND possesses.”
Elgin-ND is protected under the Plant Variety Protection Act with Title V. Only certified seed may be sold legally. Certified seed of Elgin-ND is available from most North Dakota county increase programs. Please contact my office if you would like to be on our list for contacts for selling Elgin-ND HRSW.
Elgin-ND is named after the city of Elgin in southwestern North Dakota.
AG ALERTS AVAILABLE AT REQUEST
Ag Alerts have become pretty well known bulletins in the past few years. They are put out through the Renville County Extension Office. Other counties may put out similar bulletins but different content. They are placed in local coffee shops and business places that farmers/producers may frequent. They are produced weekly (may vary some) during the growing season. They are intended to keep producers as up to date as possible on the most recent events that are affecting them. The Ag Alert has been expanded to be emailed in a mass mailing to producers requesting them. If you would like to be included in these Ag Alert emails, please send a note to Christa.M.Scott@ndsu.edu and ask to be put on the Ag Alert list.