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  • Visitors must follow all required health and safety measures. 
  • It is still recommended to call offices before visiting.  Thank you.

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Extension Door County
University of Wisconsin-Madison
County Government Center
421 Nebraska Street
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

Phone: 920-746-2260 (individual e-mail addresses can be found in the directory)
Office Hours:  M-F 8 am to 4:30 pm

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THE LEARNING STORE – Publications


“Home Owner’s Guide to Pesticide Safety”

 


PRIVATE PESTICIDE APPLICATOR CERTIFICATION

Intended for persons requiring certification or re-certification in order to apply restricted-use pesticides.  A private applicator is a person applying pesticides to produce an agricultural product (including forestry, nursery or greenhouse) on land owned or rented by the person or the person’s employer. Required for private applicators who apply restricted use pesticides. Examples of private applicators include a farmer applying pesticides to his crops on his owned or rented land or an employee of that farmer doing the same; greenhouse or nursery workers making pesticide applications on the land or in the greenhouses of their employer.

Private and commercial pesticide applicators with certifications that expire January 31, 2020-November 30, 2021, can continue to operate as a certified pesticide applicator until December 31, 2021.  If you are not sure when your certification expires, please call or visit this website.

If you plan to come in to purchase a manual, please call before you come in to be sure the office is staffed.  Thank you!  920-746-2260.

 


 

Pesticide Applicator Training Options:

  • COMPUTER TRAINING COURSE (approx. 4-hour training): Purchase a manual from the Door County Office or the UW PAT store. https://patstore.wisc.edu/secure/default.asp  … under Private Applicator, select “General Farming 100/101”. Participants only need a 50% passing grade.  This training is free of charge for those that have purchased the PAT manual from either the UW PAT store or from the Door County Extension office. (Please note: this is for online training only, it does not include the exam. Please contact the Extension office to schedule an exam time after attending the on-line training. You will need to print your Completion Receipt and bring it to your exam.) NOTE:  You will have 7 days from the start of this training course to complete it. 
    WEBINAR / ZOOM TRAINING: The PAT program is offering 5 (five) Zoom training times. Private applicators are highly encouraged to use this optionPurchase a manual from the Door County Office or the UW PAT storehttps://patstore.wisc.edu/secure/default.asp … under Private Applicator, select “General Farming 100/101”. Participants only need a 50% passing grade. These are live programs and are interactive.  Zoom training dates to choose from:  Dec 7, 2021, Jan 25, 2022, Feb 15, 2022, March 15, 2022, or April 5, 2022.  Webinars start at 9:00 am and end at approximately 2:00 pm.
  • SELF-STUDY: Visit the Extension Office in the Government Center, 421 Nebraska Street, Sturgeon Bay, to purchase a manual ($30/person) or purchase one on-line at the UW PAT Store.  Each person being trained must purchase a manual.  Manual supplies are limited at the Door County office.  You then study the manual; when you are ready, contact the Extension office to schedule a date and time to take the test. You must get a 70% passing grade with this option.

Remember … After completing the on-line training or self-study, you must TEST IN-PERSON at the Door County Extension office. You must call ahead to schedule a time to take the test!  With a passing grade, you will receive a 5-year certification.

What to bring on test day:

  • Wisconsin requires that any person taking a certification exam must provide positive identification (a driver’s license) and know their social security number.  Other acceptable forms of ID are: a photo ID, a Birth Certificate plus another form of ID, and your Social Security Number.
  • Your manual (8th edition) with the registration form in the front of the book (will be collected on the day of your test). If you have a “Completion Receipt” from the on-line training, bring that, also.
  • A pocket calculator for the exam, if you think you will need one. Cell phones are not allowed during testing!
  • If you have questions, please call the Extension Door County office at 920-746-2260.

 


SOIL SAMPLING – HOMEOWNERS

One of the first steps to having a successful lawn or garden is having your soil tested. A soil test provides more information about the nutrient status of your soil, pH level, organic matter content and texture. The test report also suggests various soil management practices to improve the fertility of the soil for a given crop. 

Follow these steps to properly submit your soil sample:

  • Call the Extension office 920-746-2260 and a “kit” will be mailed to you.
  • Follow the directions to properly sample your soil.  A total of 1-2 cups of soil is required for testing.
  • Cost per sample depends on which test(s) you want the lab to perform, plus $5.00 postage.  LAWN AND GARDEN SOIL SAMPLING INSTRUCTIONS     Lawn-Garden Soil Submission Form
  • Mail your sample to the AgSource/VAS lab.  The lab will send you an invoice for payment, plus $5.00 postage on invoice. 
  • Lawn & Garden Nutrient Guide

 



 



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Master Gardening is for everyone.  In Wisconsin, Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who aid University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension county staff by helping people in the community better understand horticulture and their environment. This site can help you learn about becoming a Master Gardener, find information about horticultural topics, and connect to the statewide network of Master Gardener associations.

DOOR COUNTY MASTER GARDENER TRAINING CLASSES:

For information on the training class, please visit the Door County MG website:  http://www.dcmga.org/become-a-mg.html

Learn more about:
Master Gardener Program in Wisconsin
Door County Master Gardeners
Door County Seed Library
The Garden DoorOpen every day dawn to dusk … Self-guided tours (Free)

 


PENINSULAR AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH STATION Website

Phone:  920-743-5406

 


Door County Quality Market Animal Sale