Arizona PMD Qualified Applicator Ornamental and Turf 12 Credit Bundle

$179.00

Online HD Video | Pest Management Division
This course bundle is designed for the Arizona Certified Applicator as licensed by the Pest Management Division. The course bundle contains 12 credits of training approved the the Arizona Department of Agriculture for PMD credit. Course topics focus on common ornamental and turf pest management issues. Please click on course details for a list of specific courses.
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This course bundle is designed for the Arizona Certified Applicator as licensed by the Pest Management Division. The course bundle contains 12 credits of training approved the the Arizona Department of Agriculture for PMD credit. Course topics focus on common ornamental and turf pest management issues. Please click on course details for a list of specific courses.

BUNDLE CONTENTS:

  • Common Ornamental Plant Pests – 3 credits
  • IPM for Ornamental Plant Pest Management – 1 credit
  • Ornamental Pesticide Application Equipment and Calibration – 1 credit
  • Pollinator Stewardship – 1 credit
  • 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

 


Common Ornamental Plant Pests

Course Description

Pest management of ornamental plants involves multiple steps from growing a healthy plant that is more resistant to pest damage to correctly identifying the problem when present. This course will cover the most common pests of ornamental plants.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Identify common landscape weeks and outline how to manage them.
  • Identify common plant disorders and identify how to avoid them in the future.
  • Identify common plant diseases and outline how to manage them.
  • Describe nematode damage and explain why sampling prior to planting is important.
  • Identify common vertebrate and invertebrate pests and outline the best management strategy for each.

Chapter 1 – Weed Management in Ornamental Plantings

Lesson 1 

  • Weed Biology
    • Monocot vs dicot
    • Stages of plant development
    • Length of life cycle
  • Weed Identification
    • Grasses sedges
      • Quack Grass
      • Yellow Nutsedge
    • Herbaceous Broadleaves
      • Bittercress
      • Queen Anne’s Lace
      • Yellow Woodsorrel
    • Other Common Weeds of Ornamentals
      • Horestail
      • Poison Ivy

Lesson 2 

  • Managing Landscape Weeds
    • Cultural Controls
      • Mulch
      • Landscape fabric
      • Sanitation
    • Mechanical Controls
    • Chemical Controls
      • Herbicide Characteristics
      • Contact vs Systemic
      • Selective vs Nonselective
      • Pre-Emergence vs Post-Emergence
      • Potential problems
      • Damage to ornamentals
      • Herbicide failure

Chapter 2 – Common Plant Disorders

Lesson 1 

  • Improper Growing Conditions
    • Too much or too little sun
    • Improper soil moisture
    • Improper nutrients
    • Hardiness and microclimates
  • Improper Cultural Practices
    • Improper planting depth
    • Overmulching
    • Girdling root
    • Poor soil drainage
    • Soil compaction

Lesson 2 

  • Mechanical Damage
    • Girdling ropes, wires, and vines
    • Mowers, string trimmers, other equipment
  • Construction Damage
  • Chemical Injury
    • Fertilizer, road salt, deicers
    • Phytotoxicity
  • Adverse Weather Conditions
    • Flooding
    • Drought and heat
    • Frost and freeze
    • Winter injury
  • Transplant Shock
  • Multiple or Unknown Causes

Chapter 3 – Plant Disease and Nematode Management in Ornamentals

Lesson 1 

  • Ornamental Plant Disease Management
    • Fungi
    • Bacteria
    • Viruses and virus-like organisms
    • Plant parasitic nematodes
  • Disease pyramid
  • Cultural Management and Avoiding Disease
  • Chemical Management
    • Protectant Fungicides
    • Systemic Fungicides
    • Soil Fumigants
  • Disease Symptoms and Signs
  • Fungi
  • Disease Identification
    • Anthracnose
    • Apple Scab
    • Black Spot of Roses
    • Cedar-Hawthorn or Cedar-Apple Rust
    • Crown Gall
    • Cytospora Canker of Spruce
    • Fire Blight
    • Oak Wilt
    • Phytophthora Root Rot
    • Powdery Mildews
  • Nematodes
    • Concerns
    • Sampling
    • Management

Chapter 4 – Invertebrate Pest Management

Lesson 1

  • Insects and Mites
    • Insect anatomy
    • Insect growth and development
    • Mite growth and development
  • Managing Insect and Mite Damage
    • Biological Control
      • Predators
      • Parasitoids
      • Parasites
      • Disease-causing pathogens
    • Chemical Management
    • Cultural Management
    • Mechanical Management
  • Invertebrate Pest Identification
    • Piercing, Sucking, and Rasping Mouthparts
      • Aphids
      • Cottony Maple Scale (soft scale)
      • Flower Thrips
      • Honeylocust Plant Bug and Honeylocust Leafhopper
      • Oystershell Scale (armored scale)
      • Potato Leafhopper
      • Sycamore Lace Bug
      • Tow-Spotted Spider Mite

Lesson 2 

  • Invertebrate Pest Identification (cont.)
    • Chewing Mouthparts
      • Birch Leafminer
      • Black Vine Weevil
      • Eastern Tent Caterpillar
      • European Pine Sawfly
      • Gypsy Moth
      • Japanese Beetle
    • Gall-Forming Insects
      • Eastern Spruce Gall Adelgid
    • Wood-Boring Insects
      • Bronze Birch Borer
      • Emerald Ash Borer
    • Slugs and Snails

Chapter 5 – Vertebrate Pest Management

Lesson 1 

  • Birds
  • Deer
  • Rabbits
  • Squirrels
  • Beavers
  • Voles

Final Assessment


IPM for Ornamental Plant Pest Management

Course Description

Integrated Pest Management of ornamental plants 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 ornamental plants, and the different tools and techniques needed to successfully provide your clients with a healthy and attractive landscape.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Discuss several ways to track pest development
  • Outline the issues involved in controlling pests and disease in managed landscape situations
  • Tailor a management strategy that addresses the unique needs of each ornamental planting

Chapter 1

Lesson 1 

  • 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 

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

Lesson 3 

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

Final Assessment


Ornamental Pesticide Application Equipment and Calibration

Course Description

When pesticide applications become necessary for good ornamental plant management it’s important to understand how application equipment works and how to properly calibrate the equipment. Accurate measurement of the area to be treated or the number of plants to be treated and properly calibrated equipment are critical to successful control of the pest as well as staying within label requirements. This course will discuss the most common types of equipment used for pesticide applications on ornamental plants, the way to calculate the volume of solution needed, 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

Lesson 1 – Application Equipment

  • Types of pesticide applications
    • Dilute pesticide solutions
    • Trunk injections
    • Soil applications
    • Granular applications
  • Application equipment
    • Manual application equipment
    • Power sprayers
    • Granular spreaders
  • Protecting against equipment failure
    • Mechanical equipment safety checklist

Lesson 2 – Calibration and Application Calculations

  • What is calibration?
  • Application calculations
    • Calibrating by volume
    • Percent solutions
    • Spray guns
    • Treatment area
    • Calculating by area for liquid spray
    • Calculating by area for granular applicators

Final Assessment


Pollinator Stewardship

Course Description

Honey Bee Stewardship. The primary concern plaguing the bee keeping industry is the decline of honey bees around the world. Colony collapse disorder (CCD) is the leading cause behind this steady decline in honey bee numbers. There are a number of different factors affecting this decline. This course provides an outline of the best practices concerning honeybee stewardship.

Minimizing Pesticide Risk for Pollinators. Whether applying pesticides in the home garden or in a commercial setting, many of the chemical pesticides used to control insects, fungal diseases, and even weeds can hurt non-target pollinating insects, such as bees and butterflies. This section will ensure your ability to effectively and efficiently apply pesticides without harming beneficial insects.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Identify the factors that contribute to colony collapse disorder.
  • Recognize the importance of beekeeper/grower communication.
  • Describe the importance of pollinators in agriculture and why protecting native pollinators is of great concern.
  • Outline the federal and state enforcement and compliance procedure as related to pollinator safety and alternatives to hard chemicals.

Chapter 1 – Pollinator Stewardship 

Lesson 1 – The Problem: Colony Collapse Disorder

  • Varroa mite
  • Viruses
  • Pesticide and drift
  • Agrochemical residues
  • Poor nutrition
  • Honey bee protection
  • Benefits of honey bees

Mississippi Pollinator Stewardship Program

  • Stakeholders
  • The best protection
  • Farmer-beekeeper partners
  • “Bee Aware” flag

Chapter 2 – Minimizing Pesticide Risk for Pollinators 

Lesson 1

  • Federal and state enforcement and compliance
  • Alternatives to hard chemicals
  • Organic-approved pesticides
  • Considerations when applying pesticides near beehives
  • Pesticide toxicity groups
  • Granular bait insecticide
  • Bait stations, pheromone lures, and sticky traps
  • Contact vs. systemic insecticides
  • Roadside habitat management

Final Assessment 


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

Final Assessment


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


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

Chapter 1

Lesson 1 – Requirements for a Healthy Turf

  • Inappropriate growing conditions
  • Water
  • Temperature
  • Sunlight
  • Soil Structure
  • Soil pH
  • Nutrients

Lesson 2 – Establishing Turf

  • Grass Plant Selection
  • Planting Procedures
  • Maintaining Turf
  • Watering
  • Mowing
  • Fertilizing
  • Aerating
  • Dethatching
  • Special Considerations for Shade

Final Assessment


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. 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

Final Assessment


Turfgrass Disease, Insect, and Vertebrate Pests

Course Description

There are a variety of diseases, disorders, 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 disorders 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

Chapter 1 – Diseases and Disorders

Lesson 1 

  • Disease Development
  • Types of Fungicides
  • Signs and Symptoms
  • Common Turfgrass Diseases
    • Anthracnose
    • Dollar Spot
    • Fairy Rings

Lesson 2 

  • Common Turfgrass Diseases (cont.)
    • Leafspot and Melting-Out Diseases
    • Pink Snow Mold
    • Necrotic Ring Spot
    • Powdery Mildew
    • Pythium Blight
    • Red Thread
    • Rhizoctonia Brown Patch
    • Rusts
    • Slime Moles
    • Stripe Smut
    • Typhyla Blight
    • Nematodes

Chapter 2 – Turfgrass Insect and Vertebrate Pests

Lesson 1 

  • Insect Pests
    • Root Feeders
      • Black Turfgrass Ataenius and Aphodius
      • European Chafer
      • Japanese Beetle
      • May or June Beetle
    • Sap, Stem, and Leaf Feeders
      • Black Cutworm
      • Bluegrass Billbug
      • Hairy Chinch Bug
      • Sod Webworm
    • Nuisance Pests
      • Ants
  • Insect Management Review
  • Vertebrate Pests
    • Canada Geese
    • Moles

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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