Field Crop News – December 2020
Farmers in the Triangle North Region will have two convenient options for attending the 2021 crop update meetings; on-line or in-person. Advance registration is REQUIRED. Early registration is strongly recommended for those wanting to attend in-person, as capacity will be limited (10). For in-person attendance, protective measures including masks and social distancing will be in place. Register for the meeting(s) of your choice at the following link: (http://go.ncsu.edu/2021cropupdates), or by calling your local N.C. Cooperative Extension Center.
TOBACCO GAP TRAINING
N.C. Cooperative Extension will not be hosting GAP trainings in 2021.
On-line Training: Growers will have the option to complete 2021 training through their Grower Dashboard on the GAP Connections website. Growers will need to login with their grower ID number and password. On-line training will launch on January 11 and must be completed by June 30. Growers can check their Training Report to make sure training is completed by checking the Training Report on their Grower Dashboard at GAP Connections website.
Mail Training: Growers will have the option to complete 2021 GAP Training by mail. GAP Connections is working with our Extension partners to assemble a 2021 Tobacco Information Booklet with information on crop, environmental, and labor management practices. Growers completing training by mail will complete and return a quiz covering the information from the booklet. Growers must score a minimum 70% on the quiz for 2021 GAP Training to be recorded. Requests for the 2021 Tobacco Information Booklet and Quiz for mail training can be made by contacting GAP Connections at (865) 622-4606 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. All quizzes must be completed and returned to GAP Connections postmarked no later than June 30.
TOBACCO PRODUCTION MEETING
January 14, 9 a.m. Live Zoom. Overview and update on research pertaining to production, pest and disease management, the tobacco outlook, and time for questions and answers with Dr. Matthew Vann. Qualifies for 1 hour of pesticide credit in categories DNOX. Registration is required.
INDUSTRIAL HEMP MEETING
January 25, 8 a.m. Live Zoom. Overview and update on research pertaining to production, pest and disease management, post-harvest handling, and regulations. Qualifies for 1 hour of pesticide credit in categories DNOX. Registration is required.
RESPIRATOR FIT TESTING
January 27, 9 a.m. N.C. Cooperative Extension, Franklin County Center – N.C. Cooperative Extension Annex
Phone registration is required (919-496-3344).
$25 for Fit-Test or $45 for the Fit-Test and Medical Clearance if needed. Allow 1 hour for paperwork and testing.
Bring medical clearance paperwork with you if you have one. The medical clearance must be less than 3 years old.
REGIONAL GRAIN PRODUCTION MEETING
February 11, 4 p.m. Live Zoom. Qualifies for 1 hour of pesticide credit in categories DNOX. Registration is required.
- Angela Post, Small Grains Production
- Rachel Vann, Soybean Extension Specialist
- Wes Everman, Soybean Weed Management
- Lindsey Theissen, Field Crop Pathologist
AUXIN HERBICIDE TRAINING
February 24, 10 a.m., Live Zoom. This annual training is required for pesticide applicators who apply auxin herbicides to newly developed tolerant crops (e.g., cotton and soybeans). Qualifies for 1 hour of pesticide credit in categories DNOX. Registration is required.
FUMIGANT APPLICATOR TRAINING
February 24, 11:30 a.m., Live Zoom. Qualifies for 1 hour of pesticide credit in category Z. Registration is required.
PRIVATE APPLICATOR MEETINGS (2 HOURS OF V CREDIT). Registration Required!
- February 3, 2021 (6–8 p.m.)
- February 17, 2021 (9–11 a.m.)
- March 10, 2021 (9–11 a.m.)
Training Requirements for Paraquat Applicators
New labeling of products containing paraquat-dichloride, often simply referred to as paraquat, requires anyone who intends to use the herbicide to be a certified private applicator or to be licensed in an appropriate category. Anyone who plans to use the newly labeled paraquat products must successfully complete training once every three years. The requirement applies not only to applicators, but also to anyone who handles the newly labeled paraquat in any way, including mixing, loading, applying, transporting, and/or disposing of or cleaning containers of the herbicide. The training is currently only available online at the US Paraquat Training website. Once completing the online training, you will need to print your certificate and maintain for your records. For more information on paraquat training contact your local N.C. Cooperative Extension office.
Registration is required for all meetings!
Please visit the website below to access registration for all meetings.
It is highly encouraged to attend the meetings electronically, but limited in-person attendance is optional. To register for in-person attendance call 919-496-3344.
The following link will take you to a three-minute video on how to use Live Zoom: ZOOM instructions video