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Border states dicamba training recognized by North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Agriculture Department is allowing border-area applicators of the controversial weed killer dicamba to do their mandatory training in Minnesota or South Dakota.

But the agency says applicators will need to carry evidence of the training in the field and be prepared to provide it to inspectors upon demand.

Non-resident applicators seeking a North Dakota pesticide certification also are being allowed to submit evidence of dicamba-specific training in another state with their application.

New federal rules classify dicamba as a restricted-use herbicide, and applicators are required to undergo training. The new rules are in response to complaints around the country of dicamba drift damaging neighboring crops.

Cattle and sheep numbers up in South Dakota over 2017

SIOUXFALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota has more cattle and sheep than it did a year ago.

New reports from the federal Agriculture Department show 4 million cattle and calves in the state on Jan. 1, up 4 percent from last year at the same time.

Sheep and lambs totaled 260,000 head, up 10,000 from last year.

The 2017 calf crop totaled 1.84 million head, up 9 percent from 2016. Last year’s lamb crop totaled 190,000 head, down 5,000 to a record low.

New Kocide 3000-O approved for organic crop production

Columbia, Md. — Kocide LLC announces approval of Kocide 3000-O, a copper fungicide/bactericide, for use in organic and conventional crop production.

Kocide 3000-O is now registered for organic use on citrus, conifers, field crops, small fruits, tree crops, vegetables and vines. Read and follow label directions. Kocide 3000-O is NOP Approved and OMRI Listed.

Kocide 3000-O delivers the same proven disease control that growers have relied on from Kocide 3000. It has the same enhanced BioActive technology and patented manufacturing process and is still available in convenient 4 and 10 pound bags. For more than 50 years Kocide has continued to provide the most trusted, proven and reliable, copper fungicide/bactericide products around the world.

— AgPR