Arizona PMD Certified Applicator Turf Management 6 Credit Bundle

This course bundle is designed for the Arizona Certified Applicator as licensed by the Pest Management Division. The course bundle contains 6 credits of training approved the the Arizona Department of Agriculture for PMD credit. Course topics focus on turf pest management. Please click on course details for a list of specific courses.

BUNDLE CONTENTS:

  • IPM for Turf Management – 1 credit
  • Common Turfgrass Weeds – 1 credit
  • Cultural Practices for Turf Management – 1 credit
  • Application Equipment and Calibration – 1 credit
  • Turfgrass Disease, Insect, and Vertebrate Pests – 1 credit
  • Pesticides in the Environment – 1 credit

 


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

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

Cultural Practices for Turf Management

Course Description

Turf responds best to consistent cultural practices – mowing, irrigating, and fertilizing. A consistent mowing height that is appropriate for the variety of turf, good irrigation, and proper fertilization will result in a healthy vigorous turf that will be enjoyed for years.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Discuss adverse turf conditions and how to correct them
  • Recognize common turf problems and how to remedy them
  • Tailor a management strategy that addresses the unique needs of turfgrass

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

Turfgrass Disease, Insect, and Vertebrate Pests

Course Description

There are a variety of diseases, disorder, insects and vertebrate pests that can cause problems in turfgrass. Being able to correctly identify these common turfgrass maladies is of utmost importance to turfgrass managers. This course will look at the common diseases and disorder found in turf, and cover the situations and environmental conditions favorable to those diseases. The course also covers common insect and vertebrate pests and how to manage them.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Identify a disease, describe favorable disease conditions, and recommend treatment strategies for each disease
  • Identify common insect turf pests and recommend treatment strategies
  • Recognize the preferred habitat for common vertebrate pests and be able to recommend the appropriate deterrent or management strategy

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.

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