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Private Pesticide Applicator Training dates are set for 2022. Cedar County training dates will be January 6, February 8 and March 18 in Hartington, and January 20 in Fordyce. If you have your Nebraska Department of Agriculture letter please bring it with you to the training along with a photo identification, and $50 training fee. This letter will have a barcode that is needed for recertification. If you are unable to attend an in-person training you can participate in an online or self-study training. Read more for more information and options for private pesticide certification/recertification trainings.
Cedar County will hold a Confronting Cropping Challenges meeting on Tuesday, December 14, at the City Auditorium in Randolph from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, with registration starting at 12:30. The Confronting Cropping Challenges meetings give you an opportunity to learn from the challenges you might have faced this past growing season or will face next growing season by going more in-depth. Topics that will be focused on this year are dealing with herbicide shortages in 2022, learning from the fall armyworm feeding of 2021, and tar spot a new disease of corn confirmed in Nebraska in 2021. In addition, you can also stay for the last session and re-certify your private pesticide applicator license. We will only offer recertification, not initial pesticide licenses at this training.
Anyone wishing to apply fertilizer or pesticides to land or crops in or with water through an on-farm irrigation system must obtain a chemigation applicator certificate.   Because of COVID-19 restrictions, meetings guidelines for attendance require pre-registration in order to attend an in-person training as space is limited.  Pre-register here

By Mitiku Mamo, Extension Educator, Cedar, Dixon, Knox, and Wayne Counties

Due to Covid-19 Pandemic, there is a concern that Dairy Farmers may not be able to ship milk to processors. Consequently, in the event they find themselves in this situation, some local farmers have been making inquiries on agronomic rate of land applying milk as a fertilizer. Milk is an organic and the same principals used to manage manure can be used to manage milk when land applying it.

Nebraska Extension is your trusted source for flood-related information. Visit as a resource for information in coping with a flood disaster for families, homeowners, businesses & communities, and agriculture. Also, Haskell Ag Lab near Concord is serving as a collection location for Hay donations and fencing materials for livestock owners impacted by the flooding.
As the flood waters recede and we are able to get back in to our farms and ranchers it is important to think about drinking water safety. It is common for private wells to be immersed with the flood waters. The flood waters commonly contain high levels of bacteria such as fecal coliforms and E. coli. These microbes can cause short-term health effects such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches or other symptoms. Until your well water has tested negative for bacteria, it is recommend to boil your water at a vigorous boil for 1 minute prior to use.