Private Pesticide Applicator Certification (PAT) Meetings have been scheduled for Lyman, Jones, Mellette, Todd, Tripp and Gregory counties in 2011. The meetings are listed in the calendar at the end of this column. Private applicators, whose certification expires at the end of December, 2010 should receive a letter from their County Extension Office with dates, locations and times of all meetings held in the six county area.
If your private applicator certification expires this year and you are not able to attend any of these meetings, contact your Extension office for the details of other meetings held in the area. You can also look for meetings across South Dakota on the website: http://www.sdstate.edu/
pat-county-dates.cfm. PAT and other educational programs offered by the West 3 Extension Field Education Unit can also be found at: http://www.sdstate.edu/sdces/districts/west/3/lymancounty/. Click 2011 Educational Programs. A take home test is also an option for certifying or re-certifying as a Private Applicator, and available at your local Extension office.
At each PAT meeting, we will be covering the required topics related to Private Applicator Certification, but spending much of the time on current and emerging pest control issues you can use. Depending on the location, we may cover wheat diseases, prairie dog management, weed control, insect management, etc.
Larry Osborne, SDSU Extension Plant Pathologist, will be discussing plant disease control at the PAT meeting in Murdo this year, January 10. Wheat diseases will likely be the main focus of the presentation, with other plant diseases covered as well. Time will be allowed for questions and discussion. We will be presenting Larry's information at the other PAT meetings, but if you would like to hear him, and/or have specific questions on disease control and/or fungicides, you may want to attend the Murdo meeting where he will be presenting.
Producers whose PAT certification is not up for renewal are welcome to attend part or all of these meetings. Producers from outside of Jones County are welcome to attend the Murdo meeting if they would like to hear Larry's presentation.
We will be presenting the pest management information first, beginning with disease control. Those attending for the pest management portion of the meetings, who do not need to be certified or re-certified can leave before the remainder of the program if they choose.
Fertilizer on Snow
With the recent snow, limited as it was, the question again came up, how much snow can you spread fertilizer on? It is not recommended to apply fertilizer on any significant amount of snow, particularly if there is an ice layer or crust. Fertilizer granules can dissolve in the snow, and may not reach the soil at all, but move with the water when the snow melts and runs off. With fertilizer prices running $0.50/lb of N and $0.55/lb of P, you don't want to lose nutrients to runoff.
1/4/2011 - PAT Certification Meeting, 1 p.m., 4-H Building, Mission
1/5/2011 - PAT Certification Meeting, 1 p.m., Courthouse, White River
1/10/2011 - PAT Certification Meeting, 1 p.m., Courthouse, Murdo
1/11/2011 - Ranchers Workshop, 9:30 a.m., Hutch's Caf, Presho
1/12/2011 - Ranchers Workshop, 9 a.m., Community Events Center, White River
1/18/2011 - PAT Certification Meeting, 1 p.m., Civic Center, Burke
1/19/2011 - PAT Certification Meeting, 1 p.m., 4-H Center, Winner
1/24/2011 - PAT Certification Meeting, 1 p.m., Fire Hall, Kennebec