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6/7/2014 7:00 AM

To Register for the Penn State <\n>Dairy Cropping Systems Field Day

Curious to know what can be learned by more than a dozen cropping systems faculty and staff members, more than a half-dozen graduate students and dozens of undergraduate students in four years?

Extension agronomist Ron Hoover invites you to join Penn State cropping systems researchers and Extension educators for a morninglong field day on Tuesday, July 1. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. with tour wagons leaving for the research plots at 9:30.

At the tour stops, you will see and hear about results from the first four years of a sustainable dairy cropping systems project.

Parking and on-site registration will take place at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Livestock Evaluation Center, which is about a mile east of the Ag Progress Days site on the Russell E. Larson Ag Research Farm at Rock Springs.

Lunch will be included, but we need you to help us with planning by registering online at http://www.cvent.com/events/lessons-learned-from-psu-s-diversified-dairy-cropping-research/event-summary-208e79e373f04d38b921e3014c8416ec.aspx.

Details about recertification credit offerings for CCA-CEUs, pesticide education, manure hauler and nutrient management plan writers can also be found on the website.

If you prefer to phone in your registration or desire more information about the field day, call the CVENT registration staff at 877-489-1398.

Grains and forages typical for Mid-Atlantic dairy farms were produced with conservation cropping systems that include comparisons of crops planted after cover crops or no cover, injected manure versus broadcast manure, typical herbicide programs compared with reduced herbicide inputs, and integrated pest management versus pre-emptive insect management.

Yields and quality of all harvested crops were measured, and the data were used to “feed” a virtual herd of 65 milking Holsteins and their replacements.

Research team members will highlight some of the findings from the USDA-NESARE-funded study and answer questions at four tour stations adjacent to the research plots.

The field tour stations will include insect and weed management for corn and soybeans; nutrient conservation and water quality; cover crops and soil health management; and forage management, quality, and feeding economics of dairy cows and replacements.

Registration includes lunch, which will be served at the Livestock Evaluation Center after the morning tour and discussions. Attendees should expect to be headed for home before 1:30 p.m.

To Learn About Pond Management

Penn State Extension is offering an aquatic pesticide correspondence course that is approved for three Category 9 recertification credits from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

This would be an ideal course for agricultural producers who have ponds on their properties and need category recertification credits.

If you register for the course, you will receive the Penn State publication titled “Management of Aquatic Plants” and the corresponding CD containing seven short videos on pond management.

Participants review the material, and complete and return seven short worksheets. Those who score higher than 70 percent on the combined worksheets pass the course and receive the pesticide update credits.

The registration fee is $30. This course can be taken for pesticide recertification credits only once. The course is being coordinated by Penn State Extension educator Jim Clark at the Penn State Extension office in McKean County. If you have further questions, contact him at jac20<\@>psu.edu.

To Properly Dispose <\n>of Used Pesticide Containers

Now that we’ve had an opportunity to do some spraying on the farm, there’s more than likely some empty pesticide containers that can be found somewhere in the chemical storage area.

Extension educator Dwane Miller points out one of the tasks that should be on our lists is to dispose of the containers in a proper manner.

One of the most environmentally friendly ways you can dispose of your containers is through Pennsylvania’s Plastic Pesticide Container Recycling Program, which is free and available to all pesticide users.

Here are some tips for preparing your containers. First, ensure that all containers are free of product inside and outside. Pressure-rinse or triple-rinse the container. Remove all label booklets, plastic sleeves and caps.

Only No. 2 HDPE plastic containers will be accepted. If you have drums or barrels up to 55 gallons, cut them in half and then into quarters.

Collected containers are granulated into chips and recycled as part of a program sponsored by the Agricultural Container Research Council.

Several end uses for recycled HDPE are being developed, including fence posts, pallets, speed bumps, marine pilings and field drain tiles.

Participating locations are available in each of PDA’s seven regions. For more information, including a listing of locations by region, check out the PPCR website at http://extension.psu.edu/pests/pesticide-education/pda-programs/ppcr.

Quote of the Week

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.”

— Franklin D. Roosevelt

Leon Ressler is district director of Penn State Cooperative Extension for Chester, Lancaster and Lebanon counties.

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