Foundations of Turfgrass Pest Management
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 8:00 AM - Friday, November 8, 2013 at 12:00 PM (EST)
The Foundations of Turfgrass Pest Management program through Pest Management University is a great, interactive way to train ID cardholders! Students learn about the different L&O licences and their requirements, how to pass an FDACS vehicle inspection and be compliant with Florida law, how to really understand pesticide labels and equipment calibration, proper application techniques, how to survive a pesticide spill, and we tie all that in with understanding how to optimize your control efforts based on turf type, disease, weed, and insect development and life cycles, not to mention the BMPs. Students will gain valuable experience that will be immediately useful on the job and could lead to faster certification. Register through EventBrite or the PMU website "pmu.ifas.ufl.edu/courses/6". Practical supplies and high quality educational material (and lunches) are provided. Over 10 FDACS CEUs will be offered.
PMU was created as a cooperative effort between the University of Florida, the Florida pest management industry, and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS), the regulators of the pest control industry in Florida.
Our goal is to both teach and demonstrate all aspects of home and commercial pest control, providing trainees with both improved knowledge and practical experience.
All classes are taught by faculty of UF/IFAS, FDACS and leaders in the pest management industry. Everyone understands that increased professionalism and improved skills translate to superior job performance, increased profit and fewer customer problems.
Classes are limited to 20 participants. Please register through EventBrite or the PMU website (https://pmu.ifas.ufl.edu/courses/6). Please be aware that the UF/IFAS MREC is a non-smoking facility.
Turfgrass Pest Foundations AGENDA - November 6-8, 3013
DAY 1: November 6, 2013
7:30-8:00 AM Registration
8:00-8:30 Introduction, Pre-test, Objectives of training, Manuals
8:30-9:10 Licensing and CEU requirements for Chapters 482 FS and 487 FS
9:10-9:50 Vehicle inspection (how to avoid common mistakes that may result in fines)
10:05-11:00 Navigating the label, MSDS, and PPE
11:00-12:00 Pesticide spill drill
12:00-12:30 Lunch (provided)
12:30-1:00 PM Turfgrass integrated pest management (IPM)
1:00-2:00 Equipment calibration and math
2:15-3:15 Pesticide formulations, chemical classes, and resistance management
3:15-4:45 Best practices for granular and liquid pesticide applications
4:45-5:00 Evaluation, then dismissal for the day
DAY 2: November 7, 2013
8:00-9:00 AM Common turfgrass anatomy, species, varieties, and maintenance requirements
9:00-10:00 Non-living turfgrass problems and stresses
10:15-11:15 Common turf diseases: signs, symptoms, and management
11:15-12:00 Common weed identification and management
12:00-12:30 PM Lunch (provided)
12:30-2:00 Common turf insect pests: identification, damage, and management
2:15-4:45 Green Industries Best Management Practices
4:45-5:00 Evaluation and dismissal for the day
DAY 3: November 8, 2013
8:00-8:30 Review, questions and answers
8:30-9:30 Outdoor exercise to practice more skills
9:45-11:00 Case studies, discussion, and developing an IPM plan
11:00-11:30 Post-test and evaluation
11:30-12:00 CEU forms, graduation, and photos