By Jim Fawcett, ISU Extension field agronomist
All commercial pesticide applicators must take exams in order to become certified initially; some applicators choose to become re-certified by exam rather than by attending continuing instructional courses. With the increased interest in applying fungicides on corn and soybeans some applicators are interested in adding agricultural diseases (category 1C) to their current certification.
Two training sessions designed to help prepare individuals for the commercial pesticide applicator examinations will be offered in southeast Iowa. One session is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 23 at the Linn County Extension Office at 3279 7th Avenue, Marion, Iowa. A second session will be offered in Bettendorf on Tuesday, March 8 at the Scott County Extension Office, 875 Tanglefoot Lane. Both sessions run from 9 a.m. to approximately 1 p.m.
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 will be given for the first 1.5 hours, with the training on the other categories following.
There is a $25 fee per person at each training session. These training sessions do NOT qualify as continuing instructional courses. For more information, please contact 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.