West Virginia Agricultural Plant Pest Control Re-certification 10 Hour Package

$129.00

10.5 Hour | Online HD Video | Approved for 20 Credits:  01

  • 2 Hour Pest Identification:  Rice and Cotton
  • 1.5 Hour Pest Identification:  Corn, Soybean and Grain Sorghum
  • 1.5 Hour Balancing Pest Management and Pollinator Health
  • 1 Hour Integrated Pest and Resistance Management
  • 1 Hour Pollinator Stewardship
  • 1 Hour Federal Pesticide Laws
  • 1 Hour Pesticide Application Procedures
  • 1 Hour Transportation, Storage, Security and Professional Conduct
  • 5 Hour How Fungicides Work

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10.5 Hour | Online HD Video | Approved for 20 Credits:  01

  • 2 Hour Pest Identification:  Rice and Cotton
  • 1.5 Hour Pest Identification:  Corn, Soybean and Grain Sorghum
  • 1.5 Hour Balancing Pest Management and Pollinator Health
  • 1 Hour Integrated Pest and Resistance Management
  • 1 Hour Pollinator Stewardship
  • 1 Hour Federal Pesticide Laws
  • 1 Hour Pesticide Application Procedures
  • 1 Hour Transportation, Storage, Security and Professional Conduct
  • 5 Hour How Fungicides Work

 

 


Pest Identification:
Rice and Cotton


COURSE SYLLABUS

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 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

Final Assessment 


Pest Identification:
Corn, Soybean and Grain Sorghum


COURSE SYLLABUS

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.

While working through this course 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.

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 


BALANCING PEST MANAGEMENT
and Pollinator Health


COURSE SYLLABUS

Course Description

Balancing the need to manage agricultural pests with pollinator health is dependent on cooperation between beekeepers, farmers and pesticide applicators. This course outlines the importance of honey bees honey bee decline, and discusses some pollinator myths. Finally, the strategies required to coordinate the efforts of farmers, beekeepers and applicators is discussed.

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

  • Gain an understanding of the issues surrounding pollinator importance, decline and health.
  • Tailor a management strategy that addresses the cooperation between farmers, beekeepers, and applicators.

Lesson 1 

  • Habitat Loss
  • Pesticides
  • Diseases
  • Parasites

Lesson 2 

  • U.S. Agricultural Needs
  • Best Practices to Protect Bees
  • Farmer-Beekeeper Partnering

Lesson 3 

  • Reducing Bee Poisoning
  • Science Policy Field Tour
  • Row Crops as Major Honey Sources
  • Value of Pollination

Lesson 4 

  • Pragmatic Beekeeper
  • Pragmatic Farmer
  • Aerial Applicators
  • Mechanical Control

Final Assessment 


Integrated Pest 
and Resistance Management


COURSE SYLLABUS

Course Description

Integrated Pest Management. Integrated pest management, or “IPM” for short, is an environmentally sound approach to controlling a pest population through common sense methods. Each control method will be addressed and defined in this presentation. IPM is a strategy focusing on the long-term prevention of pests or their damage through the use of multiple techniques.

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 course teaches the basics of sampling, and the different tools and techniques needed to accurately identify crop pathogens.

Insect Identification. Insects are a major part of our daily lives. Whether we realize it or not, there are millions of insects around us at all times. This presentation is a brief overview of basic identification of insects that we commonly come in contact with. At the end of this presentation, I hope that you have a better understanding of how to identify insects that you might encounter in work or in your day-to-day activities.

Pesticide Calibration. Calibration ensures that your equipment delivers the correct amount of pesticide uniformly across your field or target area and if done incorrectly or not at all has major consequences. It can mean the difference between control or failure of a pesticide. This course ensures you will be able to accurately calibrate using many types of application methods: broadcast application, banded application, multiple nozzles per row, and in-furrow applications.

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

  • Monitor and control pests through cultural, biological, mechanical, chemical, genetic, and host plant resistance methods.
  • Describe resistance, how it develops, and integrative ways it can be managed.
  • Identify the characteristic differences between arthropods and insects, and the stages of metamorphosis.
  • Describe the different of calibration types and why it is so important to calibrate before pesticide application occurs.
  • Become familiar with specific details and mathematical instructions on how to perform broadcast applications, banded applications, multiple nozzles per row, and in-furrow applications.

Chapter 1 – Integrated Pest Management 

  • Cultural Control
  • Mechanical Control
  • Chemical Control
  • Genetic Control
  • Host Plant Resistance
  • Resistance Management
  • Structured Refuge

Chapter 2 – Basics of Sampling for Plant Pathogens 

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

Sampling Scenarios

  • Turf
  • Leaves
  • Fruit
  • Wilt
  • Woody Plants

Chapter 3 – Insect Identification 

  • Odonata (Dragonfly and Damselfly)
  • Orthoptera (Grasshoppers, Crickets, Katydids)
  • Isoptera (Termites)
  • Hemiptera (True Bugs, Hoppers, Aphids)
  • Coleoptera (Beetles)
  • Hymenoptera (Wasps, Bees, Ants)
  • Lepidoptera (Butterflies)
  • Diptera (Flies, Mosquitoes, Midges)

Chapter 4 – Pesticide Calibration 

  • When to Calibrate?
  • Calibration Terminology
  • Broadcast Sprayer Application
  • Banded Application
  • Multiple Nozzles per Row Application
  • In-Furrow Application

Final Assessment 


Pollinator Stewardship


COURSE SYLLABUS

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 affectively and efficiently apply pesticides without harming beneficial insects.

Participants in this course 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

Final Assessment 

 


FEDERAL PESTICIDE LAWS


COURSE SYLLABUS

Course Description

Pesticides are hazardous substances that can cause serious harm if used improperly. Pesticides are regulated to utilize their benefits while protecting public health and welfare, and preventing harm to the environment. Federal and state pesticide laws and regulations control the labeling, sale and distribution, storage, transportation, use and disposal in the best public interest. This course addresses the requirements set forth by federal regulations. Pesticide applicators are responsible for learning about and complying with all regulations.

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

  • Be able to describe and integrate important regulatory requirements related to labeling, hazard management, environmental issues, and application procedures.
  • Distinguish between restricted-use and general-use pesticide classifications.
  • Explain the importance of maintaining accurate records of pesticide application and employee training.

Federal Pesticide Laws

Lesson 1 

The Need for Regulation
Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act
Pesticide Registration
Tolerances
Pesticide Reregistration

Lesson 2 

Violations and Federal Penalties
Federal Pesticide Regulations under FIFRA
Other Federal Laws
Federal Recordkeeping Requirements

Final Assessment 


PESTICIDE APPLICATION PROCEDURES


COURSE SYLLABUS

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.

Pesticide Application Procedures

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


TRANSPORTATION, STORAGE, SECURITY
and PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT


COURSE SYLLABUS

Course Description

This course discusses safety and security issues that may arise when pesticides are moved or stored. Serious accidents involving pesticides are more likely to occur while they are in transit. Securing pesticides in a vehicle or in storage is a critical step to prevent vandalism or theft of product. You can reduce pesticide transport and storage problems by being aware of conditions that lead to increased security risks.

It is important for certified applicators to know under what conditions uncertified people can make applications of restricted use products. You also need to understand the importance of communication and how to communicate with customers about what you are doing.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • State what precautions to take before transporting pesticides.
  • Summarize what the label says about legally disposing of unwanted pesticides.
  • List the steps to take to restrict access to pesticides.
  • Explain the basics of professionalism for pesticide applicators.

Transportation, Storage, and Security

Lesson 1 

Transportation
Storage of Pesticides in Buildings
Pesticide Site Security

Lesson 2 

Best Practices
Disposal and Recycling

Professional Conduct 

Lesson 1 

Pesticide Security and Supervision
Public and Customer Communications

Final Assessment 


How Fungicides Work


COURSE SYLLABUS

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 in its entirety, 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 


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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