IPM for Turf Management | Alabama Approved

$59.00

10 points: OTPS, OTPC
As a turf manager in Alabama, you'll need to be more than someone who just applies pesticides. Good turf management requires the use of all the tools in the toolbox. This course will touch on the best practice cultural, mechanical, biological and chemical controls for turf management.

Description

 

Turf Management


IPM for Turf Management


Course Description

Integrated Pest Management of turfgrasses involves multiple steps; producing a healthy plant, correctly identifying the problem, recognizing that there will always be some pests and damage, and only using pesticides as a last resort. This course teaches the basics of pest and disease management for turfgrass, and the different tools and techniques needed to successfully provide your clients with a healthy and attractive turf stand.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Understand the settings and ecosystems of a turf stand
  • Gain an understanding of the issues involved in controlling pests and disease in managed turfgrass
  • Tailor a management strategy that addresses the unique needs of turfgrass

Chapter 1

Lesson 1 – Basic Principles for Managing Common Turfgrass Pests

  • Produce healthy plants
  • Correctly identify the problem
  • Understand that there will be pests and some damage
  • Pesticide use is the last line of defense, not the first
  • IPM – Detection and Monitoring

Lesson 2 – Integrated Pest Management

  • Diagnosing and identifying turfgrass injury and causes
  • Evaluating economic significance
  • Select management tactics

Lesson 3 – Integrated Pest Management

  • Select management tactics (cont.)
  • Record keeping and evaluation

 


Common Turfgrass Weeds


Course Description

Managing weeds in a turf stand can be a tricky proposition. Often times the client fails to recognize that the presence of weeds in a turf stand is the result of poor turf, not the cause. Correct identification of the problem weed is a must of developing a management strategy, as is a working knowledge of weed biology and how herbicides work. This course will provide applicators with a good foundation from which to build their knowledge.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Explain the major similarities and differences between weeds and turf
  • Identify common turfgrass weeds
  • Explain how herbicides work

Chapter 1

Lesson 1 

  • Weed Biology
  • Weed Identification
    • Annual Bluegrass
    • Common Chickweed
    • Mouse-Ear Chickweed
    • White Clover
    • Large Crabgrass
    • Smooth Crabgrass
    • Dandelion
    • Ground Ivy
    • Henbit
    • Prostrate Knotweed
    • Yellow Nutsedge

Lesson 2 

  • Weed Identification (cont.)
    • Broadleaf Plantain
    • Buckhorn Plantain
    • Quack Grass
    • Creeping Speedwell
    • Prostrate Spurge
    • Yellow Weed Sorrel
    • Common Yarrow
  • Managing Turf Weeds
    • Using Herbicides
    • Herbicide Action and Weed Plant Characteristics
    • Herbicide Action and Weather
    • Correcting Application Mistakes

 


Application Equipment and Calibration


Course Description

When pesticide applications become necessary for good turf management, it's important to understand how application equipment works and how to properly calibrate the equipment. An accurate measurement of the area to be treated and properly calibrated equipment are critical to applying pesticides within an acceptable range of the label requirements. This course will discuss the most common types of equipment used for pesticide applications on turf, the way to calculate the area of an irregularly shaped space, and how to properly calculate the flow rate of the equipment.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Describe the different types of equipment used in pesticide applications
  • Accurately calculate the square footage of irregular areas
  • Accurately calibrate common application equipment

Chapter 1 – Application Equipment

Lesson 1

  • Spray Output Equipment
  • Applying Pesticides
  • Application Techniques

Chapter 2 – Calibration

Lesson 1

  • Application Calculations
    • Divide and Calculate
    • Offset Line Method

Lesson 2 

  • When to Calibrate
  • Liquid Spray Equipment
  • Calibrating Small Sprayers
  • Calibrating Showerhead Sprayers
  • Calibrating Spray Equipment

Lesson 3

  • Ounce-to-Gallon Method
  • Granular Equipment
  • Calibration Steps

 


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

 


Course instructors will be available by email or telephone between 9am and 5pm Eastern Standard Time. They will assist you with questions regarding course content.

If you have any questions, please call us at 1-800-727-7104 or send an email to info@onlinecti.com. Email responses will usually be returned promptly, but guaranteed within one business day.

Student policies and procedures are always available by going to our website and scrolling to the bottom of the page (See Attendance & Privacy Policy).

Common Turfgrass Weeds


Course Description

Managing weeds in a turf stand can be a tricky proposition. Often times the client fails to recognize that the presence of weeds in a turf stand is the result of poor turf, not the cause. Correct identification of the problem weed is a must of developing a management strategy, as is a working knowledge of weed biology and how herbicides work. This course will provide applicators with a good foundation from which to build their knowledge.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Explain the major similarities and differences between weeds and turf
  • Identify common turfgrass weeds
  • Explain how herbicides work

Chapter 1

Lesson 1 

  • Weed Biology
  • Weed Identification
    • Annual Bluegrass
    • Common Chickweed
    • Mouse-Ear Chickweed
    • White Clover
    • Large Crabgrass
    • Smooth Crabgrass
    • Dandelion
    • Ground Ivy
    • Henbit
    • Prostrate Knotweed
    • Yellow Nutsedge

Lesson 2 

  • Weed Identification (cont.)
    • Broadleaf Plantain
    • Buckhorn Plantain
    • Quack Grass
    • Creeping Speedwell
    • Prostrate Spurge
    • Yellow Weed Sorrel
    • Common Yarrow
  • Managing Turf Weeds
    • Using Herbicides
    • Herbicide Action and Weed Plant Characteristics
    • Herbicide Action and Weather
    • Correcting Application Mistakes

Final Assessment


Course instructors will be available by email or telephone between 9am and 6pm Eastern Standard Time. They will assist you with questions regarding course content.

If you have any questions, please call us at 1-800-727-7104 or send an email to info@onlinecti.com. Email responses will usually be returned promptly, but guaranteed within one business day.

Student policies and procedures are always available by going to our website and scrolling to the bottom of the page (See Attendance and Privacy Policy).

 
296,876 Courses Taken
 
 
I started your online 60-Hour program on September 1st and passed both parts of the State exam on my first try.  Thank you very much.  The course was great.  It was a tough test.  I don’t think I would have passed without your program.  You gave me everything I needed.  Your organization package walked me through every step.  I will be taking all of my continued education through you.
Larry Temme October, 2012
 
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