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1/25/2010 - 1/31/2010

Commercial Pesticide Applicator Test Help Sessions

By Jim Fawcett, ISU Extension field agronomist

All commercial pesticide applicators must take exams in order to become initially certified and some choose to become re-certified by exam rather than by attending continuing instructional courses. With the arrival of Asian soybean rust in this country, many commercial applicators are considering adding agricultural diseases (category 1C) to their certification so that they can apply fungicides.

Iowa State University Extension is offering two training sessions in southeast Iowa to help individuals prepare for the commercial pesticide applicator examinations. One session will be held in Marion on Tuesday, Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Linn County Extension Office at 3279 7th Ave. A second session will be offered in Bettendorf on Monday, March 8 from 1-5 p.m. in the Scott County Extension Office, 875 Tanglefoot Lane.

The training sessions will cover the Iowa Core Manual and categories 1A (Agricultural Weed Management), 1B (Agricultural Insect Control), 1C (Agricultural Crop Disease Management), 3O, T, and G (Ornamental, Turf, and Greenhouse Pest Management), 4 (Seed Treatment) and 6 (Right-of-Way). Training on the Iowa Core Manual is scheduled for the first 90 minutes, with the training on the other categories to follow.

There is a $25 fee per person for the training session. These training sessions do NOT qualify as continuing instructional courses. For more information contact an ISU Extension specialist – Jim Fawcett at (319) 337-2145, Patrick O’Malley at (319) 337-2145, or Virgil Schmitt at (563) 263-5701.


 

Jim Fawcett is an Iowa State University Extension field crops specialist serving eastern Iowa.

Soil Fertility Short Course Feb. 9-10

By Brent Pringnitz, ISU Agribusiness Education Program 

Understanding crop nutrient needs and soil fertility issues is vital to profitable crop production. ISU Extension is offering a two-day short course focusing on principles of soils, soil fertility and nutrient management to help crop production professionals make better decisions. In addition to classroom work, attendees will also be visiting the ISU Soil and Plant Analysis Laboratory.

The Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management Short Course will be held Feb. 9-10 at the Knapp-Storms Dining Complex on the Iowa State University campus in Ames. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. with classwork beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 4:30 p.m. on Feb 10. Registration is limited to 40 participants and pre-registration is required. The program brochure and registration form are posted online at www.aep.iastate.edu.

The cost is $275. Registration and fees must be received by Feb. 3. Registrations will not be accepted at the door for this program. The fees cover a reference notebook, lunches and breaks.

Registrations can be completed online with a credit card (MasterCard or VISA only) at www.aep.iastate.edu. Registrations may also be faxed with a credit card to (515) 294-1311 or be mailed along with a check or credit card information to: ISU Agribusiness Education Program, 2104B Agronomy Hall, Ames, Iowa, 50011-1010. For more information, contact the Agribusiness Education Program at (515) 294-6429 or email aep@iastate.edu.

 

Brent Pringnitz is the coordinator of the Iowa State University Extension Agribusiness Education Program. He can be reached at 515/294-9487 or by email at bpring@iastate.edu.

Crop Scout School March 6

By Brent Pringnitz, ISU Agribusiness Education Program

If you plan to work as a crop scout for the 2010 crop season, you will want to attend the upcoming Crop Scout School offered by Iowa State University Extension. Hands-on sessions will cover identification and scouting methods for weeds, insects and diseases. Workshops on plant growth and development of corn, soybean and alfalfa will be included along with discussion of common field crop problems.


Crop Scout School will be held Saturday, March 6, on the Iowa State University campus in Ames. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. in Kildee Hall with sessions beginning at 8 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m. Registration is limited to 140 participants and pre-registration is required. The program brochure and registration form are posted on the Web at www.aep.iastate.edu.


The cost is $85. Registration and fees must be received by March 3. Registrations will not be accepted at the door for this program. The fees cover a scouting notebook, lunch and breaks.


Registration can be completed online with a credit card (MasterCard or VISA only) at www.aep.iastate.edu . Registrations may also be faxed with a credit card to (515) 294-1311 or be mailed along with a check or credit card information to: ISU Agribusiness Education Program, 2104B Agronomy Hall, Ames, Iowa, 50011-1010. For more information, contact the Agribusiness Education Program at (515) 294-6429 or email aep@iastate.edu.


This program is sponsored by ISU Extension and the Departments of Agronomy, Entomology and Plant Pathology.

 

Brent Pringnitz is the coordinator of the Iowa State University Extension Agribusiness Education Program. He can be reached at 515/294-9487 or by email at bpring@iastate.edu.



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