West Virginia Agricultural Plant Pest Control Recertification 20 Credit Bundle

$129.00

Online HD Video | 20 Credits: 01
This course bundle is geared toward the Agricultural Plant Pest Control Commercial Applicator (Category 01). The course bundle contains 20 credits of education that have been approved for category 01. Topics include pest identification and management of rice, cotton, corn, soybean, and grain sorghum, a brief review of how fungicides work, a look at pollinator stewardship, an in-depth review of how to read a pesticide label, and general pesticide safety topics such as application procedures, pesticides in the environment, and pesticide formulations.

Description

This course bundle is geared toward the Agricultural Plant Pest Control Commercial Applicator. The course bundle contains 20 credits of education that have been approved for category 01. Topics include pest identification and management of rice, cotton, corn, soybean, and grain sorghum, a brief review of how fungicides work, a look at pollinator stewardship, an in-depth review of how to read a pesticide label, and general pesticide safety topics such as application procedures, pesticides in the environment, and pesticide formulations.

BUNDLE CONTENTS:

  • Pest Identification: Rice and Cotton – 4 credits
  • Pest Identification: Corn, Soybean and Grain Sorghum – 3 credits
  • How Fungicides Work – 1 credit
  • Pollinator Stewardship – 2 credits
  • Reading the Pesticide Label: Beyond the Basics – 4 credits
  • Pesticide Application Procedures – 2 credits
  • Pesticides in the Environment – 2 credits
  • Pesticide Formulations – 2 credits

 


Pest Identification: Rice and Cotton

Course Description

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 course 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

Final Assessment 


Pest Identification: Corn, Soybean and Grain Sorghum

Course Description

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.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • 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.

Chapter 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

Chapter 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

Chapter 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

Final Assessment 


How Fungicides Work

Course Description

This course provides the learner with the basics of fungicides and how they work. The process of how fungal spores germinate and penetrate the leaf structure are explained with easy to follow diagrams and instruction. Plant appearance, status of fungal infections, and fungicide mechanism of action are discussed to provide a framework from which to formulate treatment strategies.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Gain an understanding of the how fungicides penetrate the structures of a targeted plant.
  • Tailor a management strategy that addresses the prevention, identification, and treatment of fungal infections in plants.

Lesson 1 

  • Major Plant Parts
  • Fungal Infection Mechanism
  • Plant Systems
  • Nutrient Distribution
  • Fungicide Penetrants

 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 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 effectively and efficiently apply pesticides without harming beneficial insects.

After completing this course participants 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, Pheromone Lures, and Sticky Traps
  • Contact vs. Systemic Insecticides
  • Roadside Habitat Management

Final Assessment


Reading the Pesticide Label: Beyond the Basics

Course Description

This training will cover many sections of a pesticide label and safety data sheets. Labels are increasing in complexity and depth of information. It is never suggested that anyone try to memorize a pesticide label. By reviewing parts of a label and recognizing label language and use, we hope that you feel more comfortable with the information on pesticide labels and feel confident in understanding the information the present. Many examples of labels are used in this training that cover a variety of types of pesticides and also represent a variety of sites. It’s essential that we look at REAL label language and not simply make generic statements to evaluate.

There is no endorsement for any company or product by representation of information in this training. All material presented is for educational purposes only and is not intended to purposefully include or exclude any company, tradename, product, use, proprietary, or any other information. Whenever you have questions about interpretations of label language, we encourage you to contact your local extension, land-grant university, department of agriculture, product dealer, or the manufacturer for more information.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Discuss different types of pesticide registrations.
  • Identify where to find specific information on the pesticide label.
  • Identify pests and site usage according to the label, and recognize information on safety data sheets.

Lesson 1 

  • Overview and Objectives
  • EPA Approval
  • Testing of Products
  • Types of Pesticides
  • Pesticide Registrations
  • When to Read the Pesticide Label
  • Parts of the Label: Required Information
  • Parts of the Label: Use Classification Statement

Lesson 2 

  • Parts of the Label: Use Classification Statement (cont.)
  • Agricultural vs Non-Agricultural Use
  • A Closer Look at Personal Protective Equipment
    • Respirator Requirements
    • First Aid Statements
    • Exposure Precautions
    • Physical and Chemical Hazards

Lesson 3 

  • Directions for Use
  • How to Use this Product
    • Target Pests
    • Soil Limitations
    • Integrated Pest Management
  • Other Product Specific Statements
  • Environmental Hazards
  • Endangered Species Protection
  • Pollinator Protection
  • Application Rates
    • Target Crop Rates
    • Host Plant Rates
    • Soil Type
    • Other Application Notes

Lesson 4 

  • Application Rates (cont.)
    • Deviation
  • Tank Mixing
    • Compatibility Test
    • Phytotoxicity Warning
    • Additional Protections
  • Storage and Disposal
  • Safety Data Sheets

Lesson 5

  • Label Review

Final Assessment 


Pesticide Application Procedures

Course Description

Today’s pest management practices require modern equipment to apply a variety of pesticides. Pesticides may be
applied as sprays, dusts, granules, gases (vapors), fogs, baits, rubs, or dips. The vast array of application equipment must
be matched to the pesticide as well as to the size and type of the job. To make an effective, safe, and efficient application,
read the label first. In addition, you must properly select, operate, calibrate, and maintain your equipment.

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

  • Identify the factors (e.g., nozzles, volumes, pressures, and speeds) that affect calibration.
  • Demonstrate how to determine the amount of pesticide concentrate and diluent to use.
  • Explain how to choose appropriate drift reduction practices.

Lesson 1

  • Application Methods
  • Safety Systems
  • Application Equipment
  • Equipment Calibration

Lesson 2 

  • Calibration
  • Calculating Area
  • Calculating the Application Rate
  • Techniques to Minimize Drift

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.

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


Pesticide Formulations

Course Description

A pesticide formulation is a combination of active and inert ingredients that forms an end-use pesticide product. Pesticides are formulated to make them safer or easier to use. There are many formulations available for various pest control sites and situations, and it is important that applicators choose the best one for the job.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Explain why pesticides are formulated for end use.
  • List the factors to consider when choosing a formulation for a specific site or situation.
  • Discuss the properties of common formulations.

Lesson 1 

  • Formulations: An Overview
  • Liquid Formulations

Lesson 2

  • Dry or Solid Formulations
  • Other Formulations
  • Pesticide Mixtures
  • Adjuvants

Final Assessment


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