Crops, Irrigation

Ag Winter Programming Updates

Chemigation Certification

Applying fertilizer through pivots is becoming more popular due to the hybrids we are planting today and the opportunity for nitrogen efficiency savings. If your certification has expired in 2020 or taking the class for the first time, please pre-register.

Nathan Mueller, Saline Co. based educator will be providing the following trainings that run from 9:00 am to 12:00 Noon at the following dates and locations: Beatrice on Tuesday, January 28 at the Gage County Extension Office, Tecumseh NRD office on Tuesday, March 17, or on Wednesday, May 20 at the Lancaster County Extension Office. Register for those by calling the Saline County Extension office at 402-821-2151.

Steve Melvin, Merrick based extension educator will be providing the following trainings that start at 1:30 p.m. at the following dates and locations: January 24 at the Courthouse Meeting Room in Hebron or March 4 at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds in Aurora. Register for those by calling the Merrick County Extension officeat 308-946-3843.

For initial certifications, getting materials in advance from one of the offices listed above is suggested or view online at: (scroll to the bottom of the page). For more detail on Chemigation, go to

Private Applicator Restricted Use Pesticide Training

There are over many applicators in the area that need to renew their private applicator pesticide license to purchase and/or use and apply restricted use pesticides. If you only purchase and use 2,4-D and glyphosate those are general use products and of course no license is required. If you have questions give us a call. Michael Sindelar, Clay County-based educator (who covers Clay, Fillmore, Thayer, & Nuckolls counties) will be offering a series of private pesticide safety education programs January 23 – March. I will still be helping with the Fillmore County programs and to see the full list of trainings, view or call our office at 402-759-3712.

Crops, Programming

Private Pesticide Applicator & Chemigation Certification Dates Set

Dates for both chemigation and private applicator training are out!  Has your certification expired for either of these programs?  Now is the time to check the card that’s in your billfold to know for sure.   If it is expiring this year, you should have received a letter about upcoming training dates, but if it’s been expired, you won’t receive a letter.  You have multiple methods to take these classes that include in person, home study or online. Sessions I will be teaching include

February 11th, 1:30 p.m., Ag Hall – Fillmore County Fairgrounds, Geneva
February 11th, 6:00 p.m., Ag Hall – Fillmore County Fairgrounds, Geneva
February 26th, 1:30 p.m., Grandpa’s Crossing Restaurant, Deshler
February 26th, 6:30 p.m., Opera House, Bruning

You can get a listing of statewide training dates and check on the status of your license or by contacting our office.

For chemigation training dates go this website.  From this location you can click on the NDEQ link to check on the status of your chemigation license.  Training dates set for March 11th and April 11th from 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the 4-H Building in York. My colleague Gary Zoubek who teaches the classes asks that you contact the York Co. Extension Office to pre-register for the training session you plan to attend.  Review of study materials prior to the training session is encouraged.   If you have misplaced your chemigation notebook you may request materials from one of the instructors.  All class participants will receive a new chemigation manual and calibration workbook the day of training.  Individuals attending for the first time are encouraged to request training materials prior to training.  Phone number to register is 402-362-5508 or you can email him.