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March 16

The Extension Connection
By Megan Vig
We’ve had some nice reminders spring is coming soon. Birds are chirping and snow has melted (only to be replenished again by mother nature), none the less, things are starting to pick up for the next growing season. Please read on for Extension Office announcements.
Private pesticide applicator training dates have been set. We are full for March 21st but there is still room to pre-register for the March 29th date. The training will take place in the Sheyenne Tooling Community Room (basement of the old Bank of the West building). The private applicator training is for those that need to renew their certificate for 2018 or would like to attain their certificate. Why pesticide certification? Pesticides are classified as either “general use” or “restricted use.” General-use pesticides are considered safe for use by the average person provided they follow the label directions. In most cases, there is no certification requirement for the use of a general-use pesticide. Pesticide certification is the process in which a person completes state requirements to sell, purchase, and/or use pesticides. The EPA and North Dakota Pesticide Act requires an individual to become certified if the individual is using or merchandising a restricted-use-pesticide (RUP).
New this year are dicamba-specific trainings. Last October, the EPA released new label language classifying the new dicamba formulations as restricted-use products. If you plan to apply XtendiMax, Engenia, or FeXapan herbicides, you are required to complete a dicamba-specific training (this is separate from the private pesticide applicator trainings). Trainings are conducted by the chemical companies. Information can be found at www.nd.gov/ndda/news/dicamba-specific-training-sessions-scheduled or by calling 701-328-1508.
A nationwide citizen network is looking for volunteers for rain and snow reporting in North Dakota. These observers measure rainfall, snowfall and snow depth as part of the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow (CoCoRaHS) Network. Some observers also measure the water equivalent of the snow after it melts. To volunteer for the CoCoRaHS network, go to www.cocorahs.org/application.aspx.
Spring Fever Gardening Forums start March 19th and run through April 9th. A team of experts will share information on selecting trees, growing ornamental grasses, starting a Juneberry patch, fighting invasive insects and much more. Gardeners can attend at the Courthouse or participate from their home computer. Register and find more information by visiting www.ag.ndsu.edu/springfever/.
Do you enjoy looking through seed catalogs? Or are you looking for recommendations on new varieties to include in your garden? It is that time of the year to get seed orders in and if you would like to peruse a wide selection of catalogs, stop by the office and see what we have on hand.

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