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Extending Knowledge, Changing Lives

Extending knowledge, changing lives is the NDSU Extension motto. As an Extension agent that is what I strived to do each day in some way, shape or form. I was able to share unbiased university research and information to the stakeholders (that's you!) of Traill County.

I want to take this opportunity to thank you Traill County for welcoming me into the county seven years ago. I truly appreciated your open arms and helping me become acquainted to the area. I greatly enjoyed meeting and helping those who reached out with questions regarding horticulture, crops, livestock, 4-H and community vitality. Each call that I was able to help someone honestly made my day!

Traill County - thank you for the memories and I hope to visit soon!

Also, I wanted to provide an update on the hiring progress for the position. The position was posted in January and screening will start February 10th. Candidate interviews plan to begin in March. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to call LeAnn in the office with questions you may have in the time being until the position is filled.

Alyssa Scheve

Traill County Crop Improvement Offers Scholarship
Dollars to Perspective Agriculture Students

Dollar SignI would like to announce a scholarship opportunity. The Traill Country Crop Improvement Association has established a scholarship for high school seniors and sophomore undergraduate students.

The scholarship details are as follows:

• The applicants family must reside Traill County, ND

• H.S. senior applicants must be pursuing a degree in an agricultural related field.

• Undergraduate students must be enrolled in an agricultural related field.

• There will be (2) $500 scholarships awarded to graduating high school seniors and (1) $500 scholarships to a sophomore
   undergraduate student.

• Applications must be postmarked on or before April 15, 2020.

• Applications can be printed from the following links or picked up at the Traill County Extension Office or from any Traill
  County High School Counselor.

Incoming Freshmen Scholarship
 
Sophomore Undergrad Scholarship

Scholarship will be paid directly to the institution where winner is enrolled. The scholarship will be paid after successfully completing one semester.

Questions? Contact the Traill County Extension office at (701)636-5665.

NDSU Offers Updated Crop Compare Program for 2020

North Dakota State University Extension has updated the Crop Compare program, which is a spreadsheet designed to compare cropping alternatives.

The program uses the direct costs and yields from the 2020 projected crop budgets for nine regions of North Dakota, but producers are encouraged to enter the expected yields and input costs for their farm.

The user designates a reference crop and enters its expected market price. Depending on the region, a broad selection of nine to 18 crops are compared. The program provides the prices for competing crops that would be necessary to provide the same return over variable costs as the reference crop.

“Producers can compare these ‘break-even’ prices to expected market prices to see which crop is most likely to compete with the reference crop,” says Andy Swenson, NDSU Extension farm management specialist. “Grain prices can move quickly. The program provides a tool for producers to check the changing scenarios until final planting decisions are made this spring.”

It should be noted that an underlying assumption is that fixed costs, such as machinery ownership, land, and the owner’s labor and management, do not vary among crop choices and therefore do not need to be included in the analysis.

“In practice, there may be differences in fixed costs that should be considered,” Swenson says.

“For example, there may be additional labor, management and risk associated with a competing crop,” Swenson adds. “If all the labor and management is provided by the owner-operator, it would be considered a fixed cost and could be excluded. However, the producer should add some cost if he or she would only want to produce the crop when an adequate reward would be received for the extra time and management required relative to the reference crop.”

A similar rationale could be used if a competing crop is considered higher risk.

The Crop Compare program is available online at https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/farmmanagement/tools.

Helpful Hints for Dealing with Old Man WinterMan shoveling snow

We have entered winter in North Dakota, and some areas of the state have accumulated large amounts of snow already. Now is the time we need to work our muscles safely, dress appropriately, protect our skin from frostbite and take in ample fluids to stay hydrated. Whether you have a snow blower or a shovel, exercise some caution when removing snow. Shoveling snow is a form of moderate to vigorous activity. If you have a history of heart disease, discuss your physical activity with a health-care provider before taking on a potentially strenuous task such as snow removal. Consider these tips:

• Dress in several layers so you can remove a layer as needed. Remember that synthetic fibers help wick away perspiration better than natural fibers. Besides a warm coat, be sure to wear warm socks, a stocking hat, scarf and mittens to cover exposed skin.

• Warm up by walking in place and stretching for a few minutes. Warm muscles are less likely to be injured by exertion.

• Be sure to use the right shovel for you. Snow can be very heavy, so using a shovel with a smaller blade will prompt you to take smaller scoops. Yes, shoveling might take longer, but who wants to strain his or her back?

• Use good “body mechanics.” Stand with your feet about hip width apart for balance and keep the shovel close to your body. Bend at your knees and avoid lifting with your back. Avoid twisting your back, which can lead to injury. If you feel pain, stop immediately.

• Be on guard for frostbite if you stay outside for prolonged periods. Your skin first may turn pink to red; with prolonged exposure, it can become white to yellowish and take on a waxy look.

• Go inside and warm up gradually if you suspect frostbite. Toes and fingers often are affected first by extreme cold, so go inside and remove your socks and mittens. Warm your hands and feet in lukewarm (not hot) water. Your skin may be numb, so have someone test the temperature of the water for you.

• Stay well-hydrated with some warm broth-based soup or cocoa. Caffeinated beverages are not as effective in warming you, and alcohol-containing beverages may make you feel warm at first and then have the opposite effect in the longer term.

• While you’re at it, check that your winter survival kit in each of your vehicles is well-stocked. The kit should include blankets, booster cables, tow rope, shovel, high-calorie dried or canned food (and a can opener), a container of water, a can and matches (to melt snow for additional water), a flashlight and batteries.

Traill County Courthouse

 

NDSU Extension/Traill County
114 Caledonia Ave. W.
Box 730 (mailing address)
Hillsboro, ND 58045
Phone:  701-636-5665   
Fax: 701-636-5666
NDSU.Traill.Extension@ndsu.edu

Office Hours:
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
Summer Office Hours:
(Memorial Day - Labor Day)
7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.,  Monday-Thursday
8 a.m. - Noon, Friday

Related Links:
NDSU Extension
North Dakota Department of Agriculture

Traill County
City of Hillsboro
Cities of Mayville-Portland
City of Hatton

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