Certified Horse Training Being Offered


South Carolina horse owners and trainers can now be certified in the training, knowledge and routine care of their animals through a new program offered by Clemson Cooperative Extension.

The Master Equine Manager Certification course will be July 27-28 at the Clemson University Equine Center, 815 W. Queen St., Pendleton, SC, 29670. The July 27 class begins at 3 p.m. and concludes with dinner at 6 p.m. The July 28 class is from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes lunch. The cost is $150. This course has been approved by the Certified Horsemanship Association for continuing education credit for recertification.

For more information, visit SFNToday dot com for a link.

Contact Cassie Wycoff at 219 W. Laurens St., Laurens, or call, 864-984-2514, ext. 117, or email at cwycoff@clemson.edu.

Speculation on Dicamba Remaining Available

It’s no surprise that issues with Dicamba drift are showing up across the country, with three states limiting use of the herbicide.  While it’s been said that most North Carolina producers are settling issues with drift among themselves, and not filing official complaints, that doesn’t mean the complaints are going unnoticed.  NC State Extension Professor Emeritus in Weed Science speculates on whether producers will be able to keep this valuable weed control tool:

“You know, I don’t know.  I really think, if I was going to bet on it, I’d say we’re not going to keep it. 

“We have a new administration up there in Washington, and so that’s obviously going to have an impact.  I really think that if we were under the previous administration, it would already be gone.”

For more from NC State Extension’s Dr. Alan York, visit SFNToday dot com

Upper Midwest Drought Growing

The area defined under severe drought in North and South Dakota is growing, according to the latest drought monitor released Thursday. The severe drought area is growing as excessive heat has further depleted soil moisture and further stressed rain-fed crops, pastures and rangelands. More than half of North Dakota now lies within an area of severe drought, and nearly all of South Dakota remains in a classified drought status.  The latest drought monitor shows 22 percent of Montana in extreme drought, and 71 percent of Nebraska is classified as abnormally dry, as well as 47 percent of Iowa is classified as abnormally dry.

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.