Agricultural Pest Control Re-certification | Mississippi

$89.00

5 Hour course | Approved for 5 Credits: Category I(A) 
This course discusses pest identification and management strategies for corn, soybean, grain sorghum, rice and cotton and the recommended control for each. It also addresses the concerns of the beekeeping industry such as factors affecting honey bee decline and pollinator stewardship.
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Mississippi Pesticide Safety
Agricultural Pest Control Re-certification 5HR CE Package


COURSE SYLLABUS

Pest Identification: Corn, Soybean and Grain Sorghum

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.

While working through this chapter 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.

Lesson 1 – Corn Insect Pests 

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

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

Lesson 2 – Soybean Insect Pests 

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

Lesson 3 – Grain Sorghum Insect Pests 

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

Chapter Assessment 


Pest Identification: Rice and Cotton

Insect Sampling Techniques for Row Crops.  An important concern in agriculture management is minimizing insecticide use and controlling costs. The frequency of sampling is critical to making appropriate insect management decisions. These decisions should be made based on established treatment thresholds.

Basics of Sampling for Plant Pathogens.  Pathogens are often the root cause of plant failure. Implementing an effective strategy using chemicals to target an identified pathogen is an essential element of agricultural stewardship. This section teaches the basics of sampling, and the different tools and techniques needed to accurately identify crop pathogens.

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.

After completing this chapter in its entirety, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the various types of insect sampling available.
  • Implement and perform insect sampling techniques.
  • Implement and perform many insect sampling techniques.
  • Tailor a management strategy that targets a specific, identified pathogen.
  • 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.?

Chapter 1 – Insect Sampling Techniques for Row Crops 

  • Cotton Sampling
  • Soybean Sampling
  • Corn Sampling
  • Grain Sorghum Sampling
  • Wheat Sampling
  • Sweet Potato Sampling
  • Rice Sampling
  • Peanut Sampling
  • Onsite Sampling

Onsite Sampling

Chapter 2 – Basics of Sampling for Plant Pathogens 

Sampling

  • Why bother to sample for plant pathogens? 
  • Keys to Sampling
  • Sample Collection Tools

Sampling Scenarios

  • Turf
  • Leaves
  • Fruit
  • Wilt
  • Woody Plants 

Chapter 3 – Rice Insect Pests 

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 4 – Cotton Insect Pest and Management Strategies 

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 Assessment 


Pollinator Stewardship

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 honey bee 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 disease, and even weeds can hurt non-target pollinating insects, such as bees and butterflies. This section will ensure your ability to affectively and efficiently apply pesticides without harming beneficial insects. 

Participants in this chapter will be able to:

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

Chapter 1 – Pollinator Stewardship 

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 

  • 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, Phermone Lures, and Sticky Traps
  • Contact vs. Systemic Insecticides
  • Roadside Habitat Management

Chapter Assessment


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.

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