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June 7, 2010 Ag Column

Howdy!!

 

Rain, Rain go away. There was an area northeast of Devils Lake that received quite a shower on Sunday evening.  Water sitting everywhere, another delay.  The crops are looking very good but with the normal cluster of weeds.  Wild Oats seemed to have made a bigger appearance this year than in the past.  Just a reminder on how to determine the difference between wild oats and small grains; the leaves curl to the left on a wild oat plant as you look down on the plant where all small grains curl to the left, looking down.

 

REMINDER ON PESTICIDE APPLICATIONS

The 2010 growing season is upon us once again, and most of you have already been out in the field. Pesticides are an important tool for producers to manage pest problems, and many of you will be making pesticide applications or contracting with a commercial applicator to do so. Unfortunately, the ND Department of Agriculture continues to respond to pesticide drift complaints each year. Therefore, it is important to consider a few things as you go out into the field to make pesticide applications.

 

First and foremost, remember to read and follow the pesticide label since it is the best resource on how to safely and legally use the product. Many labels contain a maximum wind speed for applications, and failure to comply with such restrictions could not only result in drift, but also a label violation. In addition, North Dakota pesticide rules prohibit making any pesticide  application when environmental conditions favor drift. Second, it is important to ensure that your sprayer is calibrated, in good working order, and configured to match the application conditions. The publication, “Spray Equipment and Calibration (AE-73)” from the NDSU Extension Service

contains some excellent information in this regard. Every pesticide user has a responsibility to read and follow the label and to use pesticides safely, legally, and responsibly. Sound product stewardship is the best defense against additional laws and regulations. Don’t hesitate to call the ND Department of Agriculture if you have any questions on how to comply with state and federal pesticide requirements, including how to interpret label language. We would be glad to help you. Jeremiah Lien Pesticide Outreach Specialist North Dakota Department of Agriculture

 

SPARTAN REGISTERED ON FLAX

The EPA has granted a ND Section 18 specific exemption for Spartan 4F on flax, which will allow flax growers to control kochia, ALS-resistant kochia, and

other small-seeded broadleaf weeds in their fields. There has been no effective options for kochia control because most kochia is now ALS-resistant. Uncontrolled kochia can reduce flax yields by an estimated 25 to 50 percent. The exemption allows a single ground application of 3 to 8 fluid ounces of Spartan 4F per acre, depending on soil type. The application must be made from 30 days before to three days after planting. Growers must have a copy of the Section 18 use directions in their possession during application. The exemption allows for treatment of 250,000 acres of flax, and expires June 30. The Federal registration is anticipated by growing season of 2011.

 

Pesticide Container Recycling Sites

This year Container Services Network, LLC with the Agriculture Container Recycling Council will be accepting used plastic pesticide containers at five Project Safe Send collection sites.  The sites are as follows:

Minot................ 7/12/10

Carrington....... 7/16/10

If you want to bring in your containers to recycle, please note the following:

·         The CSN/ACRC program covers containers made from HDPE up to 55 gallons in size (no shuttles or IBCs will be accepted during this pilot program)

·         All containers must be triple rinsed and free of residue

·         All caps, gaskets, and closures must be removed

·         All booklets and labels must be removed

Considering this is the first time this service has been offered during Project Safe Send, we are asking that applicators interested in using the program call CSN and pre-register, phone (866) 225-6629.  This is necessary in order to set up the proper logistical support for this initial phase.  CSN will have staff on site to discuss any recycling or Container Containment Compliance questions you may have.

 

 

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