BROOKINGS — Every week since Jan. 5, crop producers and agribusiness professionals have been tuning in to SDSU Extension's Crop Hour series to hear the latest in agronomic production, from field crops and forages to water and weather. The webinar series wraps up the last week of March with a focus on regulatory information and pesticide education.

“We are pleased to have Ali M. Nafchi, Precision Ag Specialist, Cornell University Cooperative Extension, joining us on March 24 for a presentation titled 'PA — 1/128th of an Acre Method, Sprayer Calibration.' Nafchi will soon be transferring to South Dakota State University to lead our precision agricultural efforts," says Amanda Bachmann, SDSU Extension Pesticide Education and Urban Entomology Field Specialist. "For private applicator certification, Friday's three-hour session is the only part that is required, however I think attendees will find interest in several topics we will be covering throughout the week."

Attendees will need to fill out a survey after the pesticide applicator training on March 26 in order to get credit for the class.

Regulatory Information and Pesticide Education Week is slated for March 23-26 from 10-11 a.m. CST each day and will cover the following areas:

• March 23: "Regulatory Updates," Amanda Bachmann, SDSU Extension, South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) Representative; "Unusable Pesticide Collection and Container Recycling," Amanda Bachmann, SDSU Extension and SDDA Representative

• March 24: "PA – 1/128th of an Acre Method, Sprayer Calibration" Ali M. Nafchi, Cornell University Cooperative Extension

• March 25: "South Dakota Industrial Hemp rules," SDDA Representative

• March 26: "Private Applicator Certification," 10 a.m.-1 p.m. CST (9 a.m.-noon MST), must attend full three hours for it to count for PAT credit

There is no fee to attend, but participants will need to register for the weekly webinars on the SDSU Extension Crops page. Confirmation Zoom links and reminders will be emailed to attendees.

Educational credits (CEU’s) will be available for Certified Crop Advisers for each session.

For more information about the webinar series and to view the weekly topics and speakers, visit the Crops page on the SDSU Extension website.

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