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Coronavirus COVID-19

COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed, or canceled. Effective March 16, 2020, WSU Extension county offices and WSU Research & Extension Centers will be closed to the public. We are available via email, phone, and webconference.

Upcoming Workshops and Events

Program Contact: Kate Mikulak, Ag Program Coordinator
(360) 370-7664 •

rear of no-till drill parked at the end of a freshly planted row in a pasture
man in white tshirt and jeans leans over left side of no till drill

No-till Drill Training

Interested in reseeding your pastures or hayfields? Planting cover crops or grains? The San Juan Islands Conservation District is implementing a program to rent out their Great Plains 606NT No-Till Seed Drill for use by San Juan County farmers. Join the Conservation District, WSU Extension, and Natural Plant Solutions for an upcoming training to learn the basics of operating and renting the drill.

When and Where:

July 10th | San Juan
July 17th | Orcas: Orcas Moon Alpacas Farm
July 24th | Lopez
All trainings scheduled from 2-4 pm.

Detailed location information will be emailed to you upon registration.


Free – Limited to a maximum of 15 people each session. Pre-registration required. PRE-REGISTER HERE


What to expect:

These trainings will provide an in-field lecture and demonstration of the Great Plains 606NT No-Till Seed Drill. The discussion will also provide information on known successful seed types and planting strategies for no-till pasture renovation.

What are the outcomes?
Attendees will leave the training knowing the operational procedures for renting and using the no-till drill on their farms. This includes transport, setup, calibration, use of the drill, post-planting clean-up of the implement, and return to the Conservation District.

Attendees will also walk away knowing how the rental process works, including fees, required paperwork, reservation process, and necessary on-farm equipment needed, or the alternative option of contracting the seeding out to Natural Plant Solutions if there are on-farm limitations of equipment or time to take on a rental of the Conservation District drill.

Is there a test to be approved to rent the drill?
Yes. Those who wish to rent the drill from the Conservation District will be required to take a test either at the end of the workshop or at any point before setting up a rental of the drill.

These trainings are made possible by funding from WSU BIOAg Grant program.

COVID Protocol:

Please do not attend if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. If you have not been fully vaccinated you must wear a mask and maintain physical distance while at the training. Please see detailed symptoms and requirements below.

Trainings are considered a “WSU location” for the purpose of COVID-19 requirements detailed below. Guidance may change to reflect current requirements from WSU, San Juan County, and Washington State.

As part of WSU’s implementation of Washington State’s Safe Start Plan for Higher Education, all visitors who enter a WSU location are presumed to attest by their entry the following:

That you do not have any of the COVID-19 symptoms below. If you have any COVID-19 symptoms do not enter this WSU location.
In the last 14 days, or since your last visit to a WSU location, have you experienced one or more of these symptoms?
Had a temperature at or above 100.4° or reason to be concerned you may be developing a fever? If you don’t have a thermometer, additional fever signs and symptoms may include: sweating, chills and shivering, headache, muscle aches, loss of appetite, irritability, dehydration, or general weakness.
Experienced a new cough that you cannot attribute to another health condition?
Experienced a new shortness of breath that you cannot attribute to another health condition?
Experienced a new sore throat that you cannot attribute to another health condition?
Experienced new muscle aches that you cannot attribute to another health condition or a specific activity such as physical exercise?
Experienced any chills that you cannot attribute to another health condition?
Experienced a new loss of taste or smell that you cannot attribute to another health condition?
Received a positive test result for COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
Currently have or are suspected of having COVID-19?
In the last 14 days, I have not had close contact with someone who is currently sick with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

If not fully vaccinated, I will wear a cloth facial covering unless alone in a vehicle, room or jobsite, providing work tasks do not require respiratory protection.
I will follow directions on COVID-19 signage and demarcations to meet other COVID-19 health and safety interventions.
I understand that by entering this facility I am attesting that I have read and understood the forgoing, have not been exposed to COVID-19, am not exhibiting symptoms, and will comply with all applicable masking, distancing and sanitation protocols.