Tennessee Agricultural 9 Point Bundle - Part 2

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:

  • Fruit Crop Pest Management – 4 points
  • Vegetable Crop Pest Management – 3 points
  • Pollinator Stewardship – 1 point
  • Calibration Clinic: Pesticide Sprayers and Spreaders – 1 point

 


Fruit Crop Pest Management

Course Description

Pesticides protect plants and animals from insects, nematodes, weeds, and diseases; improve the efficiency of food productions, and provide for greater crop yields. This course outlines various invasive pests of fruit crops and how an applicator can effectively treat pest infestations while protecting themselves and maintaining productive fruit crop yields intended for human consumption.

After completing this course users will be able to:

  • Identify invasive pests of fruit crops, including insects, weeds, diseases, and nematodes.
  • Operate and properly calibrate various types of application equipment.
  • Outline effective practices for the management of various pest populations.

Vegetable Crop Pest Management

Course Description

Pesticides protect plants and animals from insects, nematodes, weeds and diseases; improve efficiency of food productions; and provide for greater crop yields. This course outlines various invasive pests of vegetable crops and how an applicator can effectively treat pest infestations while protecting themselves and maintaining productive vegetable crop yields intended for human consumption.

After completing this course users will be able to:

  • Identify invasive pests of vegetable crop plants, including insects, weeds, diseases, and nematodes.
  • Operate and properly calibrate various types of application equipment.
  • Outline effective practices for management of pest populations.

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.

Calibration Clinic – Pesticide Sprayers and Spreaders

Course Description

Proper application of pesticides and fertilizers on turfgrass is only possible with accurately calibrated equipment. These lessons discuss the calibration of three types of application equipment: handheld or back-pack pump-up sprayers, large acreage sprayers, and fertilizer or “dry-granular” spreaders as well as several different calibration techniques.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Explain the strengths and weaknesses of the baby bottle and the 5940 calibration methods
  • Describe the steps to calibrate a boom sprayer
  • Describe the steps to calibrate a granular broadcast spreader

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