Agricultural Plant Pest Control | Alabama Approved

$59.00

10 points: AP, D&R
This course discusses pest identification and management strategies for corn, soybean, grain sorghum, rice, cotton, and peanuts. Each species is identified according to various stages of maturity, the signs and symptoms exhibited, and the type of biological, cultural or chemical control recommended for each. Core topics include pesticide hazards and first aid along with a review of how pesticide applications affect the environment.

Description

Agricultural Plant Pest Management


Pest Identification: 
Corn, Soybean, and Grain Sorghum


Course Description

Corn Insect Pests. This course goes over in detail the many insects that threaten corn yield. Each species is identified according to various stages of maturity, the signs and symptoms exhibited, and the type of biological, cultural or chemical control recommended for each.

Soybean Insect Pests. This course details the various types of insects that affect soybeans, including early-season insect pests, stem and petiole feeders, and defoliators. Treatment and control strategies for specified insects within these groups are detailed throughout this lesson.

Grain Sorghum Insect Pests. Sorghum represents a large portion of the U.S. export industry. It is a versatile crop that is used as a grain, forage or sweet crop. It is subject to infestation by a variety of insect pests. Good production practices can help reduce infestation when sampled regularly from emergence to maturity. This course will outline how to manage for these pests in a timely and efficient way.

Course attendants will learn specifics on:

  • The major pests currently affecting corn crops in the United States today.
  • How to develop strategies to manage and control corn insect pests.
  • Early season insect pests: how to recognize, control and prevent
  • Multiple soybean fruit and pod feeders, the extent of damage each causes, and prevention techniques
  • Identify the different groups of grain sorghum pests and which insects within those groups are most harmful.
  • Identify the vegetative and grain-filling stages of plant growth.

Chapter 1 – Corn Insect Pests 

Lesson 1 – Threshold, Biological, Cultural, Chemical Control, and Host Plant Resistance of:

  • Southwestern Corn Borer
  • Southern, Northern, and Western Rootworm
  • Cutworm
  • Fall Armyworm
  • Corn Earworm

Chapter 2 – Soybean Insect Pests 

Lesson 1 – Soybean Insect Identification and Management

  • Early-Season Insect Pests
    • Soil Insect Pests
    • Seed Treatments
    • Soybean Behind Cover Crops
  • Stem and Petiole Feeders
    • Three-cornered Alfalfa Hopper
    • Kudzu Bug
  • Defoliators
    • Grasshoppers
    • Blister Beetles
    • Bean Leaf Beetles
    • Green Cloverworm
    • Soybean Looper
    • Velvetbean Caterpillar
    • Saltmarsh Caterpillar
    • Beet Armyworm
    • Fall Armyworm

Chapter 3 – Grain Sorghum Insect Pests 

Lesson 1 – Grain Sorghum Pests and Management

  • Five Vegetable Stages and Four Grain-Filling Stages of Sorghum
  • Soil Pests
  • Seedling Pests
  • Leaf and Stalk-Boring Pests
  • Panicle and Seed Pests
  • Sugarcane Aphid
  • Sorghum Midge
  • Fall Armyworm
  • Corn Earworm
  • Sorghum Webworm

Final Assessment 


Pest Identification:
Rice, Cotton, and Peanuts


Course Description

Rice Insect Pests. This section details the major and the minor pests commonly associated with rice crops. These include weevils, stink bugs, armyworms, aphids, borers, midges and more. Students will learn to identify insects at various stages of maturity and to recognize specific insects based on the damage done to the crop.

Cotton Insect Pest and Management Strategies. This section will demonstrate how to identify insect pests in cotton, and outline the most common management strategies. Major insect pests in cotton include thrips, plant bugs, stink bugs, bollworm, budworm, beet armyworm, fall armyworm, spider mites, and others.

Peanut Insect Pests.  This section will cover the major pests commonly associated with peanut crops. These include thrips, cutworms, lesser cornstalk borer, threecornered alfalfa hopper, rednecked peanutworm, peanut burrower bug, and several defoliators.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Outline the most common insect pests of rice, the damage they cause, and prevention methods for each.
  • Describe the impact these pests have on the yield and quality of rice grain.
  • Identify various insect pests typically found in cotton.
  • Develop management strategies to control these pests.
  • Discuss the most common insect pests of peanuts, the damage they cause, and prevention methods for each. 

Chapter 1 – Rice Insect Pests 

Lesson 1

  • Major Insect Pests of Rice
    • Grape Colaspis (Lespedeza Worm)
    • Rice Water Weevil
    • Rice Stink Bug
  • Minor Insect Pests of Rice
    • Stem Borers
    • Billbug
    • Grasshoppers
    • Fall Armyworm and True Armyworm
    • Chinch Bug
    • Aphids
    • Rice Seed Midges

Chapter 2 – Cotton Insect Pest and Management Strategies 

Lesson 1

  • Major Insect Pests of Cotton
    • Thrips
    • Tarnished Plant Bug
    • Clouded Plant Bug
    • Stink Bugs
    • Bollworms
    • Tobacco Budworm
    • Beet Armyworm
    • Fall Armyworm
    • Spider Mites
  • Minor Insect Pests of Cotton
    • Loopers
    • Cutworms
    • Cotton Aphids
    • Cotton Fleahopper
    • Saltmarsh Caterpillar
    • Whiteflies

Chapter 3 – Peanut Insect Pests 

Lesson 1

  • Major Insect Pests of Peanut 
    • Thrips
    • Cutworms
    • Lesser Cornstalk Borer
    • Threecornered Alfalfa Hopper
    • Defoliators 
      • Corn Earworm
      • Tobacco budworm
      • Armyworms (fall, beet)
      • Veletbean caterpillar
      • Loopers (cabbage, soybean)
    • Rednecked Peanutworm
    • Peanut Burrower Bug

Final Assessment 



Pesticide Hazards and First Aid


Course Description

Pesticides are designed to be toxic to living organisms so they can control pests (e.g., plants, insects, rodents,
fungi, and bacteria). At the same time, pesticides must be used with special care to avoid harming nontarget organisms, including pesticide applicators, handlers, and anyone else exposed to the product. Pesticides can have both short-term
and long-term effects on humans. As a result, pesticide users need to be concerned with the hazards associated
with exposure to the chemical and not exclusively with the toxicity of the pesticide.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Identify common exposure routes for various pesticides and application methods.
  • Discuss the appropriate first aid response to oral, ocular, dermal, and inhalation exposures to pesticides.
  • Explain the hazard level classification system for pesticides, including the corresponding signal words.

Chapter 1 – Pesticide Hazards and First Aid

Lesson 1 

  • Toxicity, Exposure, and Hazard
  • Potential Harmful Effects of Pesticides
  • Exposure—How Pesticides Enter the Body
  • Product Toxicity and Health Concerns

Lesson 2 

  • Factors Affecting Response
  • Signal Words
  • Exposure Symptom Recognition
  • Antidotes
  • First Aid for Pesticide Poisoning

Final Assessment 


Pesticides in the Environment 


Course Description

Applicators and the public share concerns about how pesticides may harm the environment. Initially, hazards to humans were the primary reason the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decided to classify a pesticide as a restricted-use product. Now, more and more pesticide labels list environmental effects (such as contamination of groundwater or toxicity to birds or aquatic organisms) as reasons for restriction. Anyone who uses a pesticide—indoors or outdoors, in a city or on a farm—must consider how that pesticide affects the environment.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Describe how pesticide applications can affect the environment.
  • Explain how to prevent pesticide drift, runoff, and movement to nontarget areas.
  • Discuss how to prevent pesticide residue accumulation associated with mixing, loading, and equipment washing. 

Chapter 1 – Pesticides in the Environment

Lesson 1

  • The Environment
  • Pesticide Characteristics
  • How Pesticides Move in the Environment
  • Preventing Pesticide Drift

Lesson 2 

  • Sources of Water Contamination
  • Preventing Surface Water and Groundwater Contamination
  • Preventing Harmful Effects on Sensitive Areas and
  • Nontarget Organisms
  • Protecting Endangered Species

Final Assessment


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