Contributed by: Chip East, Regional Extension Agent
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System will be offering several private pesticide applicator training classes statewide in 2018.
Regional Extension Agent, Chip East said,”These classes are designed for farmers who need to take the private pesticide applicator test in order to purchase restricted use products. However, we will be discussing chemical safety and sprayer calibration at this class, so anyone who sprays pesticides on a large scale will benefit from this training, even if a restricted pesticide license is not needed.”
On January 18th the class will be taught at the Coosa County Extension Office [(256) 377-4713], January 24th at the Randolph County Ag Center in Wedowee [(256) 357-2841], January 26th at the Macon County Extension Office [(334) 727-0340], January 31st at the Russell County Extension Office [(334) 298-6845], February 2nd at the Cleburne County Extension Office [(256) 463-2620], February 6th at the Elmore County Extension Office [(334) 567-6301], February 8th at the Talladega County Extension Office [(256) 362-6187], February 16th at the Autauga County Extension Office[(334) 361-7273], February 20th at the Lee County Extension Office [(334) 749-3353], February 22nd at the Clay County Extension Office [(256) 354-5976], February 28th at the Chambers County EMA Office [(334) 864-9373], and September 11th at the Tallapoosa County Extension Office [(256) 825-1050]. Click here for a printable schedule:Private Pesticide Applicator Training Class Flyer 2018 (002)
The Chambers and Russell County meetings begin at 8:00 a.m. and will end around 12 noon (EST). All of the other classes begin at 8:00 a.m. and will end around 12 noon (CST). If you would like to attend any of these classes, please call the Extension office in the county you would like to attend to make a reservation.
A fee of $20 will be charged for this training and testing. An additional licensing fee of $25 will be sent to the Department of Agriculture and Industries by the applicant. The licensing fee is not included in the training and testing fee. Please plan to pay with a check (checks are preferred) made out the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) in the amount of $20 or with the correct cash amount.
East cautions, “Remember to read and follow the label directions before applying pesticides. On our web site, we have information on pesticides that are labeled for certain crops, such as insects, disease, and weed control in turf, ornamentals, vegetables, fruit, forages, and other areas such as insects in wood structures. For people who spray large areas, remember that sprayer calibration is extremely important.”
Sprayer calibration is the process of figuring out how many gallons of water is being applied to a known area and making needed adjustments so that the correct volume of water is applied. The particular pesticide label will give a range of desired gallons of water per acre that is needed to be applied along with the recommended rate of pesticide. Simple math calculations and a little time are needed to properly calibrate a sprayer.
If you need more information on sprayer calibration, just contact your local County Extension Office, or visit our web site at www.aces.edu and type sprayer calibration in the “Search Our Site” box.