Wheat Walks

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SDSU Extension plans to hold “Wheat Walks” at four locations in Central South Dakota this spring. Details regarding meeting locations, dates and times are being finalized, but the Wheat Walks are tentatively planned for Wednesday and Thursday, May 28 and 29 near Corsica, Harrold, Draper and the Hayes/Philip areas.

Extension Specialists in Agronomy, Entomology, Plant Pathology, Fertility and Weed Control will make brief presentations and be available to interact with producers one-on-one or in small groups. Representatives from the S.D. Wheat Commission and S.D. Wheat, Inc. are expected to be present as well.

Area agri-businesses are helping to sponsor the events so there will be no charge to attend. Watch for more information on locations, dates and times in this column next week, and on http://igrow.org.

Hazardous Occupations Safety Training

National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program (NSTMOP) sessions will be delivered across the state the spring of 2014 by SDSU staff. The National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program (NSTMOP) is a project of Hazardous Occupations Safety Training in Agriculture (HOSTA) for youth ages 14 and 15.

By successfully completing the program, 14-15 year olds may legally operate farm tractors and powered machinery for hire, which they otherwise would not be allowed to operate under the U.S. Department of Labor’s Hazardous Occupations Order in Agriculture.

The NSTMOP program is designed to consistently cover core content areas including safety basics, agricultural hazards, tractors, connecting and using implements with tractors and materials handling.

Dates and locations of the NSTMOP training sessions in South Dakota will be as follows: May 22 at 9:00 a.m. – in Rapid City at the West River Ag Center, 1905 Plaza Boulevard, Rapid City, S.D.; May 28 at 9:00 a.m. – in Brookings at the SDSU Ag Engineering Bldg Room 125, 1400 N Campus Dr., Brookings, S.D.; May 29 at 9:00 a.m. – near Beresford at the SDSU SE Research Center, 29974 University Road, Beresford, S.D.; and June 4 at 9:00 a.m. – in Gettysburg at C&B Operations LLC, Potter County Implement, 30965 U.S. Highway 212, Gettysburg, S.D.

All locations must have a minimum of 6 students pre-registered by Monday, May 19, at 4:00 p.m., or that session will be cancelled. The maximum number of students per session is 12, and spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. If classes fill up, additional sessions may be offered at a later date. Cost of the training is $25.00 per student, and can be paid on the SDSU iGrow website during registration.

For further details about the NSTMOP program, access to the task sheets for independent study, and to register for a NSTMOP safety training course, access the news release at: http://bit.ly/R89Nn9.