Tennessee Agricultural 9 Point Bundle - Part 1

This course bundle is designed for the Tennessee Agricultural Commercial Applicator (C01). The course bundle contains 9 points of training approved by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. These courses are approved for external training and must be completed between 8am and 8pm Eastern. Click on course details for a list of specific courses.

BUNDLE CONTENTS:

  • Field Crop Pest Management – 4 points
  • Annual Bluegrass Resistance Management – 1 point
  • Identification and Control of Noxious Weeds – 1 point
  • Field Fumigation for Managing Vertebrate Pests – 2 points
  • Application Equipment & Calibration – 1 point

 


Field Crop Pest Management

Course Description

Pesticides protect plants and animals from insects, weeds and diseases; improve efficiency of food, feed and fiber productions; and provide for greater crop yields. This course outlines various invasive pests of field crops and how an applicator can effectively treat pest invasions while protecting themselves and the environment from adverse effects of pesticides.

After completing this course users will be able to:

  • Identify invasive pests of field crop plants, including insects, weeds, and diseases.
  • Operate and properly calibrate various types of application equipment.
  • Outline strategies of Integrated Pest Management systems.

Annual Bluegrass Resistance Management

Course Description

Annual bluegrass has historically been an important weed of many, if not most, commodity and specialty crops. The extensive reliance upon herbicides as the primary means of control has led to an almost overwhelming presence of herbicide resistance. There are very few commonly utilized herbicides that annual bluegrass has not evolved resistance to – albeit often in isolated or unique populations. However, the worrying trend is that for some turf scenarios, we no longer have effective chemical means of controlling annual bluegrass. This course will discuss the currently reported cases of annual bluegrass resistance to various herbicides and how to develop an effective herbicide program.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Discuss herbicide resistance best management practices
  • Distinguish between the different classes of herbicides and their different sites of action
  • Describe how herbicide resistance is developed and how it can be avoided

Identification & Control of Noxious Weeds

Course Description

Managing noxious weeds can be a tricky proposition. Applicators need to be aware of both the federal and state noxious weed lists and how that affects management tactics. This course covers several weeds on the federal noxious weeds list as well as other noxious weeds found throughout the southeastern United States.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Identify common noxious weeds in the southeastern United States
  • Recommend the proper treatment strategies for each noxious weed identified
  • Identify special recommendations for the management of aquatic noxious weeds.

Field Fumigation for Managing Vertebrate Pests

Course Description

Fumigants are pesticides that convert to a toxic gas when introduced to the atmosphere. Fumigants are used to control pests in two main areas: structures, such as homes and grain bins, and burrows, such as those created by prairie dogs, skunks, or woodchucks. This presentation will focus on the use of fumigants to effectively control burrowing animals in the field.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the various types of fumigation devices and products used to control vertebrate pests in the field
  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of fumigation as a control method
  • Know the best practices for effective use of fumigants
  • Abide by the label restrictions to protect non-targets and applicators from harm

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

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