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Feb 21, 2022 | Vol. 8, Issue 3


Pesticide Training Reminders 

Private pesticide applicators, don't forget to attend your required, annual two hours of continuing instruction course if you prefer the training route to maintain your certification. In addition to my last few remaining meetings listed below in EVENTS, you have the opportunity to attend one of two ZOOM meetings to meet your certification requirements. Click on the following links to access the information. I highly advise you read through the information in one of the following links to understand the requirements of participating in virtual training. 
     Feb 28, 2022 at 1 p.m.
     April 5, 2022 at 6 p.m. 
Finally, if your private pesticide applicator certification expired December 31, 2021, please remember to send in your forms and fees to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship to renew your certification. 

Commercial pesticide applicators, likewise don't forget to complete your training requirements. The Pesticide Safety Education Program on campus is offering several live-stream continuing instruction courses for Commercial Ag, Weed, Insect and Plant Disease Management.  Visit the PSEP web page for commercial applicators to view in-person training and live-stream training opportunities. 

One last reminder, don't forget to take your Dicamba training if you plan to use the Dicamba over-the-top products in soybeans in 2022. This is an annual training requirement. More information at Don't forget your annual Dicamba training for 2022.  It does not matter which training you take. 

Foliar Fungicide Trial Results for Soybeans

A summary of the 2021 foliar fungicide trials is now available at Statewide Evaluation of Foliar Fungicides on Soybeans in 2021

An additional resource to consider is the Crop Protection Network's Fungicide Efficacy for Control of Soybean Foliar Diseases.

Grain Bin Safety Week

February 20-26 has been designated at Grain Bin Safety week.  Take some time to read this article and the accompanying links.  Take precautions-stay safe.  

Misconceptions Across Soybean Growth Stages, a webinar, is available at no charge on Thursday, February 24 starting at 11 a.m. CST.  Please register prior to Thursday via the link. 

The North Central Iowa Research Association, in partnership with the Northern Research Farm and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will host the association's annual meeting on March 3 from 8:30 to 1 p.m. at the Duncan Community Center, 2337 Nation Ave., Britt. The meeting will highlight two guest speakers and the current status of the association's capital campaign. In addition directors will be elected to the board.  If you have questions about being a member of the association, or the capital campaign this is a great way to learn more. This meeting is free and open to all interested parties but we do askat you please RSVP to Matt Schnabel at 641-762-3247. More details.

Advanced Women Marketing Grain starting March 3 in Webster County for 5 sessions. As farmers work to manage price risk in uncertain times, more Iowa women are taking on the challenge of improving grain prices. Advanced Grain Marketing for Women offers insights into options trading for grain and livestock producers.  Registration deadline is March 1. Please click here for more information and access to the registration link. 

An Advanced RUSLE2 Workshop for manure management plan writers and crop consultants will be held on March 29, at the Polk County Extension Office in Altoona.  

Here are my last remaining private pesticide applicator continuing education meetings for this certification year. See Pesticide Training Reminders above. Please pre-register, by contacting the County Extension Office listed. 

Cerro Gordo: 641-423-0844
Feb. 22, 2022, 7:00 p.m. Muse Norris Conf.Center at NIACC, Mason City
Please note, given the forecast, we are currently deciding if this meeting will be rescheduled.  We will make the decision early on the morning of Feb 22. Contact the Cerro Gordo County Extension office or myself to get the latest update. 

Hardin: 641-648-4850
Mar. 15, 2022, 7 p.m. Ag &Renewable Energy Ctr, Ellsworth Community College, Iowa Falls

Worth: 641-324-1531
Feb. 22, 2022, 7:00 p.m. Muse Norris Conf.Center at NIACC, Mason City

Wright: 515-532-3453
March 22, 2022, 7:00 p.m.  Wright County Extension Office, Clarion 

Angie Rieck-Hinz
Extension Field Agronomist
Cell: 515-231-2830
Twitter: @nciacrops

Calhoun, Cerro Gordo,
Franklin, Hamilton, Hardin,
Humboldt, Webster,
Worth and Wright Counties.
Additional Resources

Integrated Crop Management 

Ag Decision Maker

Iowa Environmental Mesonet

ISU Women in Ag 
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