Fire ant workshop and horse talk coming

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 9, 2018

By Morgan Watts

Rowan Cooperative Extension

The following events are coming up at the Rowan County Cooperative Extension Center:

Fire ant workshop

Fire ants are starting to become a bigger and bigger issue in the pastures of Rowan County over the past few years. Now that spring is approaching, you have probably noticed mounds starting to pop up in your pastures, hay fields and yards.

No one likes to accidentally step on a mound or pick up something that may be covered in fire ants on the bottom that you didn’t see.

Treating fire ants in a pasture and hay field setting can be tricky. Not only are the products limited, but it can also be pricy depending on the chemical you use.

If you are interested in learning about how to control fire ants in your pasture, join us at the Rowan County Agricultural Center on April 5 at 6 p.m. Pesticide credits will be available.

The program will be taught by Michael Waldvogel, Extension associate professor and specialist in structural and industrial pests at North Carolina State University.

For more information on this workshop or to RSVP, please call the Rowan County Center at 704-216-8970 or stop by at 2727-A Old Concord Road.

Equine educational talk

On March 20 at 7 p.m., the Race Committee will host an equine educational talk. The topic that will be covered is the horse’s digestive system. This will include anything from feeding to colic. The presentation will be by Michelle Gardner McCashin. The meeting will be held at the Rowan County Agricultural Center, 2727 Old Concord Road. For more information about this event, please call Morgan Watts at 704-216-8970.