Pesticide applicator training, agronomy program set for Jan. 30

Minnesota farmers will have three options for renewing their pesticide applicator certification. In addition to completing an open book test or an on-line test at www.pat.umn.edu, private applicators who need to recertify can attend a three hour private applicator recertification workshop offered by the University of Minnesota Extension in lieu of taking the test.

Recertification by retesting is also an option, as in the past, and no changes have been made to the testing option. Tests packets can be picked up at most county extension offices or the test can be taken on-line. A farmer who is not currently certified (i.e. getting the certification for the first time) is required to take the test, and cannot be certified by attending a recertification workshop.

There are many workshops being offered across Minnesota, with several workshops being offered in your area. Sites that may be convenient for Carver County residents include:
• Cologne: Wed., Jan. 30, 12:30 to 4 p.m. – Cologne Community Center, 1211 Village Parkway.
• Arlington: Tues., Feb. 19, 1 to 4:30 p.m. – Arlington Community Center, 204 Shamrock Drive

Farmers who attend a recertification workshop must have two forms of ID to attend a workshop, one being a government issued photo ID (i.e. Driver License), the second a current Applicators Certification Card (preferred) or another ID such as a credit card or library card.

Persons who do not have their Applicators Card may obtain their applicators number (needed for registration) on-line at the MDA website (www.mda.state.mn.us) or by contacting MDA via phone at (651) 201-6633.

Attending a recertification workshop renews your certification for three years.
Workshop topics will include: pesticide laws and regulations, record keeping, applicator health effects, pesticide label comprehension, application equipment, pest management, and endangered species. The cost to recertify, either by attending a recertification workshop or retesting is $50. Registration for the recertification workshops will be taken at the door, and no pre-registration is required. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture requires applicators to attend the entire workshop to receive recertification credit. Applicators that arrive more than 15 minutes late to a workshop will not be allowed to receive recertification credit.

Agronomy Planning For 2013: Are You Prepared?
Join us prior to private pesticide applicator training for a local crops program focused on you and your operation’s needs. The University of Minnesota Extension in Carver County is cooperating with Mid County Coop, the Minnesota Corn Growers and Waconia Farm Supply to offer an agronomy program on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at the Cologne Community Center located at 1211 Village Parkway in Cologne.

Topics and speakers will include:
• “Nutrient Management: Before, During & After” Kyle Kraska, Mosaic Technical Sales Manager, is scheduled to provide an update on “Balanced Crop Nutrition” concerning phosphorus, potassium, zinc, and micronutrients in Carver County.
• “Weed Control: When, How & Why” David Nicolai, Regional Extension Crops Educator, will provide an herbicide product label update for 2013 and recommendations for weed control options in regards to glyphosate resistant weeds such as Giant Ragweed and Tall Waterhemp.
• “N Management for Corn following Alfalfa; Plant Populations for Corn” Dr. Jeff Coulter, University of Minnesota Extension Corn Agronomist, will discuss and present recent crop rotation research results relevant to corn and alfalfa that were conducted in Carver County. Continuous corn and corn-soybean rotation principles will also be reviewed. Time will be available for questions concerning corn grain and silage plant populations from the audience.

The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will end at noon with lunch sponsored by Mid County Coop, Minnesota Corn Growers and Waconia Farm Supply. Following lunch, private pesticide training will begin at 12:30 p.m. and end at 4 p.m. Participants are welcome to come for any part of the program.

To assist with meal count, call the Carver County Extension office at (952) 466-5300 and press zero for support staff. A program brochure can be viewed online at: http://z.umn.edu/crops. For more information, contact Laura Kieser, Agriculture Extension Educator for Carver and Scott Counties, by email at torb0022@umn.edu or by phone at (952) 466-5306.

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