Do You Have Work Hired Out on Your Farm or Ranch?

Are you questioning how much to pay those individuals?  Custom farm work rates include charges for the equipment, tractor or power unit used, fuel, repairs and operator labor. Rates can vary due local supply and demand and costs of custom

Operators, for a general guide check out the Custom Farm Work Rates.

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https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/agecon/market/ec499.pdf

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Fall Webworm

Are you starting to see caterpillar nests in your trees? Fall webworm is starting to become active this time of the year. You will find these caterpillar nests in various trees such as chokecherry, birch, and elm trees. Don’t worry you won’t have to prune the branches with the nest out or try to torch the pests.  Pruning or torching causes more damage to the tree than the pests.

Though these nests can appear to be destructive, the caterpillars actually do little harm to the trees. The caterpillars are eating on the leaves, but our leaves are mostly done for this year resulting in the minimal damage.  A person can simply break up the nest with jet spray of water or the end of a broom hand to the get rid of the caterpillars.

Insecticides are available if you want to just kill the caterpillars all together. Carbaryl and pyrethrin are widely available and will have an immediate kill on the pests.  A person can use a safer group of insecticides as well, but it will take a couple days or longer before the caterpillars die.  This group includes: Bacillus thuringiensis, neem, and spinosad.  These insecticides are most effective to use when the nest first appears.

Fall Webworm

Photo Credit: James B. Hanson, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org
https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/burleighcountyextension

Family Succulent Gardening Class – Sept 16, 2016

Come join us at Plant Perfect on September 16th for Family Succulent Gardening.  You and your family will create a succulent garden, learn how to care for one, and of course have fun picking out plants and designing your garden.

This class is offered from 6:30pm-7:30pm with a limit of 15 families.  There is a $25 fee. The fee covers a pot, dirt, decorative rocks, and one succulent plant.  Additional plants will be available to purchase that day.

Registration form and fee are required to reserve your spot in class.  Please drop off or mail payment to Burleigh County Extension Office.  Refunds will not be granted.  For additional information please contact Kelsey Sheldon, Horticulture Program Assistant at the Burleigh County Extension at 701-221-6865 or
via email at kelsey.j.sheldon@ndsu.edu.

To register please visit: http://tinyurl.com/Family-Succulent-Gardening. Family Succulent Class September

https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/burleighcountyextension/extension-events

Fall Webworm

Fall Webworm

Are you starting to see caterpillar nests in your trees? Fall webworm is starting to become active this time of the year.  You will find these caterpillar nests in various trees such as chokecherry, birch, and elm trees. Don’t worry you won’t have to prune the branches with the nest out or try to torch the pests.  Pruning or torching causes more damage to the tree than the pests.

Though these nests can appear to be destructive, the caterpillars actually do little harm to the trees.  The caterpillars are eating on the leaves, but our leaves are mostly done for this year resulting in the minimal damage.  A person can simply break up the nest with jet spray of water or the end of a broom hand to the get rid of the caterpillars.

Insecticides are available if you want to just kill the caterpillars all together.  Carbaryl and pyrethrin are widely available and will have an immediate kill on the pests.  A person can use a safer group of insecticides as well, but it will take a couple days or longer before the caterpillars die.  This group includes: Bacillus thuringiensis, neem, and spinosad. These insecticides are most effective to use when the nest first appears.

Photo Credit:  James B. Hanson, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org

Burleigh County 4-H Council Elects New Leaders

The Burleigh County 4-H Council elected the 2016-2017 Executive Board into office. Leaders will serve at least a one-year term in their positions running September 1, 2016-August 31, 2017

President – Tamara Handegard is a Master Sargent with the North Dakota National Guard. Handegard has been a 4-H leader for 5 years. She is currently a leader for Green Pride 4-H club.

Vice-President – Laurette Nagel works for Aetna in Bismarck. Nagel has been a 4-H Leader for 8 years. She is currently the leader of Creative Cool Kids.

Secretary – Kim Miller runs a sheep operation in Baldwin. Miller has been a 4-H Leader for 9 years. She is currently a leader of Country Kids.

Treasurer – Karen Dunlap works for the National Grasslands. Dunlap has been a 4-H leader for 2 years.

The 4-H council is the governing body for the Burleigh County 4-H program which currently has 291 members in 18 clubs across the county.

The goal of 4-H is to develop citizenship, leadership, responsibility and life skills of youth through experiential learning programs and a positive youth development approach. To learn more about 4-H or to see how you can be involved contact the Burleigh County extension office at (701) 221-6865 or by email at: Amelia.Doll@ndsu.edu

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Burleigh Blast Radio Program Weekly on Monday’s at 3pm & Saturday’s at noon, KDAK 102.5FM

Listen Online at http://kdakfm.org/
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Burleigh Blast is brought to you by the staff of Burleigh County extension.
They bring information on a variety of topics including:
•Competitiveness and Profitability of Animal Production
•Nutrition, Food Safety and Health
•Competitiveness and Profitability of Crop Production
•Human Development
•Farm and Family Economics
•4-H Youth Development
•Natural Resources and Environmental Management
•Community, Economic Development and Leadership

https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/burleighcountyextension/extension-events

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Field to Fork Webinars starting August 17

Learn about extending the growing season, planting bulbs, fermenting food and growing microgreens.
Aug 17
The series is an effort to increase North Dakotans’ knowledge of food safety in growing, transporting, processing and preserving fruits and vegetables.
The hourlong webinars will be provided free of charge. They’ll be held on the following Wednesdays from 2 to 3 p.m. CDT by the following NDSU personnel:
Aug. 17: Extending the Growing Season and Putting the Garden to Bed – Tom Kalb, Extension horticulturist
Aug.24: Sauerkraut and Beyond: Food Fermentation 101 – Cliff Hall, professor, Plant Sciences Department, and Julie Garden-Robinson, Extension food and nutrition specialist
Aug. 31: The Joy of Fall Bulb Planting: Garlic and Tulips – Todd Weinmann, agriculture and natural resources/horticulture agent, Cass County
Sept. 14: Growing Microgreens in Your Home – Esther McGinnis, Extension horticulturist
The webinars will be held on Blackboard Collaborate. A registration link is on the NDSU Extension Field to Fork website, https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/fieldtofork. You can watch the initial Field to Fork Wednesday webinars, which are archived on that website.
This project is made possible with funding from the North Dakota Department of Agriculture.

For more information, visit NDSU Extension’s comprehensive Field to Fork website at https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/fieldtofork or contact Garden-Robinson at 701-231-7187 or julie.garden-robinson@ndsu.edu.

https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/burleighcountyextension/calendar-of-events

N.D. Master Gardener Course Begins September 9, 2016

If you love gardening and sharing your knowledge with others, consider becoming a North Dakota Master Gardener volunteer in collaboration with the North Dakota State University Extension Service.

This year’s Master Gardener training program will run for 10 weeks beginning Sept. 9 and ending Dec. 2 with breaks for holidays.

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The course will be offered online and in classroom, training will be held every Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Classes will not be held on Oct. 21, Veterans Day or the Friday after Thanksgiving. “We do offer the course online but we encourage people to take the class in the Burleigh County NDSU Extension Service office” says Esther McGinnis, NDSU Extension horticulturist and North Dakota Master Gardener director. “We find that people learn more if they interact with their Extension agent and other students.”

Training will be held in the Burleigh County NDSU Extension office at 3715 East Bismarck Expressway, along the frontage road by Buckstop Junction. The classroom will be connected by webinar technology to NDSU in Fargo which will enable participants to ask questions of the instructors.

Course topics include annual and perennial flowers, tree selection and maintenance, soil health, composting, plant diseases and pests, and vegetable and fruit production. NDSU faculty and Extension personnel teach the classes.

Once participants complete the training, they are known as Master Gardener interns. They must volunteer 48 hours of time during a two-year period on horticultural projects in their home counties. After that, they will earn a Master Gardener certificate.

Projects include answering questions at county fairs, organizing horticultural workshops, and managing school and community gardens.

Tuition for the 2016 class is $150 for those wishing to become a certified Master Gardener or $400 for those just interested in taking the class. Computer knowledge, internet access and an email account are required.

Class size is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The registration deadline is Aug. 12.

A registration form is available at http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/mastergardener/. For more information, contact your Burleigh County Extension Service office at 701-221-6865.