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Weed school coming to Douglas extension

Staff reports

Licensed applicators will better understand the weeds they face during the coming season by taking classes at “Weed School,” sponsored by the Nevada Cooperative Extension and Silverado Ranch Supply.

The school will be held April 6, 13, 20 and 27 at the Douglas County Cooperative Extension Office at 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville.

Students are required to preregister by today by calling 782-9960.

Extension specialist Jay Davison and educator Loretta Singletary, as well as John Carpenter of the Nevada Division of Agriculture will teach the classes.

The classes are all from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and include a free lunch.

– April 6, Understanding Weeds. Students will learn characteristics of weeds, development stages of weeds, life cycles, classifications and control strategies.

– April 13, Planning a Weed Control Program. On the agenda are weed inventory, selecting a control program, evaluation of the program, economics of weed control and a common annual weed identification slide show.

– April 20, Herbicides for Weed Control. On tap are record-keeping requirements, herbicide manufacturers’ representatives discussing company products and general questions and answers of manufacturers.

– April 27, Herbicide Application Principles. In this class, students will learn types of herbicides, factors affecting herbicide applications, sprayer calibration, avoiding drift problems and common perennial weed identification slide show.

Continuing education credit will be earned by all licensed applicators.