Driver improvement classes for seniors
The Minnesota Highway Safety Center will offer 55-plus driver-improvement courses on the following days:
• 5:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 9 and 10 (eight-hour first-time course), Apple Valley Senior Center, 14601 Hayes Road, Apple Valley.
• 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 14 (eight-hour first-time course), Rambling River Center, 325 Oak St., Farmington.
The courses are open to the public; however, preregistration is requested. The eight-hour course is $24. For more information or to register, visit www.mnsafetycenter.org or call 888-234-1294.
Teen poetry programs
A poetry jam and rap battle will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Apple Valley Teen Center, 14255 Johnny Cake Ridge Road in Apple Valley. The event will feature visual artist Julie Franchevich and poet Ahmed Aden, winner of the Poetry Slam 2013.
Youths in grades 6-12 from any school are encouraged to stop by the Teen Center for an afternoon of poetry writing, reading and snacks.
Hosts families needed
World Heritage Student Exchange Program is seeking local host families for high school students.
Couples, single parents, and families with and without children in the home can host. Families can choose to host a student for a semester or for the school year.
Each student is fully insured, brings his/her own personal spending money and expects to contribute to his/her share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in normal family activities and lifestyles.
Parade of Homes runs Sept. 7-29
The Builders Association of the Twin Cities will present the Fall 2013 Parade of Homes from noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays, Sept. 7-29, showcasing 324 new homes. All are free to tour with the exception of three Dream Homes that request a $5 donation, which supports the BATC Foundation.
A guidebook features all of the homes plus stories from real homebuyers, listings of special events, top design trends and more. Guidebooks are available at area Holiday Station stores beginning Aug. 23.
More information is at http://batconline.org.
New Sociables to meet
New Sociables, a social club for all women living south of the Minnesota River, will meet at 9:15 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church, 14401 Pilot Knob Road, Apple Valley. A flower consultant from Pahl’s Market will be the guest speaker.
The club welcomes women who are new to the area, who are recently retired or interested in making new friends. Information: Cindy Weatherby at 612-594-1125.
Job Transitions Group meets Aug. 27
Dale Henry will present “Becoming a Real World Superhero!” at the Aug. 27 meeting of the Easter Job Transitions Group. The group meets at 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Easter Lutheran Church, 4200 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan. Call 651-452-3680 for information.
Host families sought
Lakeville-based Greenheart of Cultural Exchange is seeking host families for two male exchange students arriving in late August.
Anton, 17, from Sweden, who enjoys ice hockey and floorball, watching movies/television, going to the gym, running, and soccer. He loves pets and has no pet allergies.
Andreas, 16, from Germany, who enjoys soccer, going to the gym, skiing, tennis, pingpong, swimming, biking, movies, watching sports, and water skiing.
Host families provide a room, meals, and a caring environment for their student, and students attend the local public high school. The students speak English, have medical insurance and their own spending money.
Considerations for crops damaged by hail in Dakota County
The hail storm in early August damaged field crops in what has been an already challenging growing season. Since many crops were planted late this past spring, several fields were at their most vulnerable stages when the hail hit.
Expected yield losses from hail damage will depend on both the crop’s growth stage and extent of the damage. In field corn, for example, yield loss due to leaf loss is most severe at pollination and declines as the crop progresses. Similarly, soybeans are most vulnerable when the plants are beginning to fill seeds (R5).
Hail damage can frequently appear more severe than what it actually is, since tattered leaves might seem to be non-functional. However, any green tissue, even if it is shredded, can still contribute to yield. Corn loss tables published from the National Crop Insurance Services are available in a University of Nebraska publication, “Evaluating Hail Damage to Corn” (www.ianrpubs.unl.edu/live/ec126/build/ec126.pdf).
While there are no remedial steps to take after a late-season hail storm, there are other considerations as the crop moves toward maturity. Hail can bruise and weaken stalks, leading to corn smut and/or stalk rots. These fields should be checked for standability in early September by pushing on stalks. If stalks break or fall, the damaged fields should be harvested early to avoid lodging. In addition to stalk damage, young ears may have been damaged by hail stones. This could favor ear molds, so should be monitored for discoloration and obvious fungal growth inside or on the husks.
Secondary diseases may develop in corn that has been damaged by wind or hail. Goss’s bacterial wilt, common smut, stalk rots and ear rots are examples of diseases that take advantage of plant wounds. However, fungicides are not effective on these diseases and research does not support fungicide applications on hail-damaged crops.
Finally, hail-damaged corn may reach physiological maturity earlier, but take longer to dry-down than non-hailed corn.