NDSU Extension - Ward County


Ward County Extension

Administrative Building | Suite 123

225 3rd St SE

PO Box 5005

Minot, ND 58702-5005


Office Hours: Monday - Friday

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 701.857.6444


Fax: 701.857.6454

Email: NDSU.Ward.Extension@ndsu.edu

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Equipment Available for Checkout

NDSU Extension Ward County offers equipment that can be borrowed. Some pieces of equipment require a refundable deposit and other pieces are strictly for professionals.

For the Home: 

Moisture Meters    

Making sure your home/structure is dried out before rebuilding after a flood is important or mold and other problems may arise. 

"Rebuilding too quickly after a flood can cause continuing problems such as mold growth and deterioration of wood and wall coverings," warns Ken Hellevang, North Dakota State University Extension Service agricultural engineer and flooding expert.

NDSU Extension's flood website: http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/disaster/flood.html  provides information on flood recovery, including a video on restoring flooded buildings and fact sheets on topics such as cleaning your flooded or water-damaged home and drying out before rebuilding.  Click here to watch a video on how to use a moisture meter.

NDSU Extension | Ward County has moisture meters available to borrow to help determine if homeowners have adequately dried their homes or other buildings that flooded before they start rebuilding.  Meters can be checked out for 24-48 hours and a $60 refundable deposit is requested (refunded when the meter is returned).  


Infrared Thermometers     

NDSU Extension provides equipment and information to help homeowners assess areas of their homes that may need attention in order to reduce heating costs and make their homes more comfortable.

The Ward County Extension office has three infrared thermometers that homeowners can check out to quickly identify places in their home where the outside cold is finding its way indoors.  According to Lori Scharmer, Extension Agent, "The thermometers are easy to use and a great tool for homeowners to search out the areas of their home that may need some attention before the real cold temps hit."

NDSU Extension publication AE1373-A, Infrared Thermometer Home Energy Assessment Questionnaire can help homeowners identify areas that might need attention along with the use of an infrared thermometer.

The common culprits that most people think of for air leakage are windows and doors, but air can leak into and out of the house through a variety of locations, energy experts warn; even insulation can allow air leakage.  Insulation types such as fiberglass are not air barriers, so air can pass through these materials easily.  An infrared thermometer can identify those heat loss areas.

Additional information is available on the NDSU Extension's website www.ag.ndsu.edu/energy 

The Ward County Extension office also has a number of publications regarding adequate insulation levels and proper installation techniques, as well as other tips on how to make your home or farm more energy-efficient.  If you would like to check out an infrared thermometer, please call our office at (701) 857-6444.

For the Yard:

Emerald Ash Borer Identification Kit

The Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive, metallic, wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) that is a major cause of ash tree decline and mortality in the Midwest. Beetles are recognized by having shell-like front wings called elytra. When the wings are folded, they meet forming a median line down the back. Currently, Emerald Ash Borer has not been found in North Dakota.


Tree Information Center

Tree Mount Kit

Tree Identification Kit

For the Farm:

Hay Probe    

Collect forage (hay) samples with ease!  NDSU Extension | Ward County has a Hay Probe available for checkout to help you collect forage samples that can then be analyzed to determine nutrient levels. Laboratory analysis is the recommended way to determine forage nutrient content and value. 


Useful publications include:

The Hay Probe can be checked out for 24-48 hours and a $60 deposit is requested, which is refunded when the Hay Probe is returned.  Please call (701) 857-6444 for availability.


Soil Probe     

Do you ever wonder why certain crops don't grow as well in some fields in comparison to other fields?  Collecting a soil sample is easy using the Soil Probe from NDSU Extension | Ward County.  Collect samples that can be sent to the NDSU Soil Testing Laboratory and  find out what your field needs.  Easily collect samples up to 6 inches deep.

Useful publications include:

The Soil Probe may be checked out for 24-48 hours and a $60 deposit is requested, which is refunded when the Soil Probe is returned.  Please call (701) 857-6444 for availability.


Grazing StickGrazing Monitor Stick 

A Grazing Monitoring Stick can be a fast, user-friendly tool for measuring and monitoring the utilization of pasture and rangeland. Forage utilization measures the percent of the plant that has been removed by grazing animals. Monitoring utilization of grass can determine livestock removal date and prevent overgrazing. 

The Grazing Monitoring Stick can be checked out for 24-48 hours and a $5 deposit is requested, which is refunded when the Grazing Monitoring Stick is returned. It can also be purchased for $5 when prior arrangements are made.  For availability call (701) 857-6444.

For Parents:

    • Topic Bags
    • Parent Resource Center Library Materials (Books, DVDs, Videos)

For the 4-H'er:

    • GPS Trunk
    • Flip Video Trunk
    • Digital Camera Trunk
    • We-Do Robotics Trunk
    • Hippology Trunk
    • Sewing Machines (2)
    • Meat Judging Flash Cards
    • Horse, Beef, Sheep, Goat, & Swine Learning Lab Kits
    • Horse Judging Videos and DVD’s
    • Poultry Standard of Perfection
    • Rabbit Standard of Perfection

Equipment Available for Professionals:

 Nutrition/Food Safety Items

    • Food Models
    • Sugar, Salt, Fat Tubes
    • 1 Pound Muscle Replica
    • 1 Pound Fat Replica
    • Vegetable and Fruit Friends
    • Glo Germ Kit Including Black Light
    • Is It Medicine or Candy? Trunk
    • MyPlate Plate
    • MyPlate Activity Pad
    • Variety of Laminated Posters

Parenting Items

    • Shaken Baby
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