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AGH 283 - Pesticide Application Cert

Credits: 2
Lecture Hours: 2
Lab Hours: 0
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Voc/Tech
Types of chemicals will be identified and how to use and apply them properly will be studied. The safe handling of chemicals and calibration of spray equipment will be covered. Includes study of core manual and category for commercial pesticide license.
  1. Review horticulture crop pests. 
    1. List commonly occurring diseases of greenhouse crops, ornamentals, turf and fruit and vegetable crops. 
    2. Name commonly occurring insect pests of greenhouse crops, ornamentals, turf and fruit and vegetable crops. 
  2. Identify commonly occurring weeds of greenhouse crops, ornamentals, turf, fruit and vegetable crops.
  3. Compare the characteristics of pesticides.  
    1. Differentiate pesticides by active ingredient and resistance action committee group. 
    2. Calculate costs of pesticides based on application rate and concentration of active ingredient. 
    3. Compare costs of pesticides based on application rate and resistance action committee group. 
    4. Classify pesticides by toxicity groupings. 
  4. Interpret pesticide labels. 
    1. Analyze directions for use. 
    2. Explain the meanings of the label signal words. 
    3. Identify were pertinent information is found on the label. 
  5. Explain how the pesticide can impact human health.
    1.  Identify how pesticides can enter the body. 
    2. Distinguish between acute and chronic toxicity. 
    3. Explain requirements for decontamination and first aid provided.
    4. Explain the fate of pesticides in the human body. 
  6. Outline proper pesticide handling and mixing procedures. 
    1. Identify the protective equipment required for safe application of pesticides.
    2. Explain proper application procedures.
    3. Differentiate between different formulations.
    4. Determine proper mixing sequence of pesticides. 
    5. Investigate the fate of improperly applied pesticides. 
  7. Select proper pest control methods for control, economy, and environmental considerations. 
  8. Perform pesticide calculations. 
    1. Calibrate pesticide application equipment.  
    2. Calculate application rates for pesticides. 
  9. Recite state and federal pesticide regulations. 
  10. Explain the parts of an Integrated Pest Management system. 
  11. Complete, successfully, the state commercial pesticide applicators exams. 
    1. Pass the Iowa Core Commercial Pesticide Applicators exam. 
    2. Pass the Iowa 3G or 3OT category exam. 
  12. Summarize biological control practices. 
    1. Review the use of predators and parasitoids. 
    2. Compare and contrast the positives and negatives of using biological control as compared with conventional control methods.

Competencies Revised Date: 2020

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