Private Pesticide Applicator Training - Pest Management and Environment

John Kennicker, Extension Field Agronomist, Southwest

Problem Statement:

By Federal and State law, producers (private pesticide applicators) who apply restricted use pesticides must be certified. One way to maintain certification is to attend a two hour continued instructional course, covering program topics; Introduction, Laws and Regulations, Pesticides and Labels and Pest Management). As part of the pest management training at each meeting, Asian (A.) soybean rust and soybean aphid management were requested topics and information by the producers.

Programmatic Response:

During program year (12/1/06 to 04/15/07), thirty-three meetings (50% evening meetings in ten counties, 250+ hours) were conducted reaching 778 producers in south central and the east half of southwest Iowa. The training included A. soybean rust and aphid identification, disease/insect life cycle, and management incorporating such resources ISU Extension and USDA Public PIPE rust and aphid handouts and website information( www.soybeanrust.info, www.soybeanaphid.info and www.sbrusa.net. Annual meeting survey (show of hands) indicates producers usage of the internet is increasing from 2004 @ 18%, 2005 @ 33%, 2006 @ 34% and 2007 @ 36%.

Impact/Outcome:

Based on evaluations from the majority (approximately 85-90%) of attendees, the overall program was rated good to excellent. Both positive verbal and written comments were heard and collected on evaluation by the CEEDs and Field Agronomist, including, Great meeting, I enjoyed attending, Thanks for the rust update and very interesting meeting. The pest management presentations and educational resources (handouts and websites) provide producers with a better knowledge and awareness (i.e. economic thresholds) and more positive attitudes and confidences (response) in the pest management and environment issues at hand.

2007
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