Extension System Offers Precision Agriculture Workshop and Private Pesticide Applicator Training Classes
Chambers County Extension News
By Ken McMillan-Chambers County Extension Coordinator
Several invaluable training opportunities will occur locally soon. On Thursday January 28th, 2016 Auburn University and Extension will offer the Advanced Precision Agriculture workshop. Topics at this free workshop will include Precision Planting, Precision Spraying, Variable Rate Nutrient Management, Variable Rate Irrigation, and Data Management. The Agenda includes University Faculty presentations and Hands-on Activities/Demonstrations by Industry. Although the workshop is free, attendees must pre-register no later than January 20th, 2016. The registration link is: https://auburn.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cYE8U4TToCTfmhT Training location: The Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Conference Center (241 S College St, Auburn AL).
Another training opportunity occurs when the Alabama Cooperative Extension System offers several Private Pesticide Applicator training classes. 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.
In Chambers County, the class will be taught by Dr. Chip East on Tuesday February 2nd, 2016 at the Alfa building in Lafayette from 8:00 A.M (CST) to approximately Noon. Please contact the Chambers County Extension Office at (334) 864-9373 to reserve your spot in this class. In case you cannot attend the Chambers County Class, identical training will be held in nearby Counties as follows: February 4th at the Elmore County Extension Office [(334) 567-6301], February 9th at the Alfa Building in Wedowee [(256) 357-2841], February 11th at the Lee County Extension Office [(334) 749-3353], February 23rd at the Talladega County Extension Office [(256) 362-6187], March 1st at the Coosa County Extension Office [(256) 377-4713], March 3rd at the Cleburne County Extension Office [(256) 463-2620], March 8th at the Autauga County Extension Office [(334) 361-7273], March 15th at the Clay County Extension Office [(256) 354-5976], March 17th at the Macon County Extension Office [(334) 727-0340], and September 15th at the Tallapoosa County Extension Office [(256) 825-1050]. All of the 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 $20 fee 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.
Here’s a few reminders. Remember to read and follow the label directions before applying pesticides. We have pesticide information on the Extension website labeled for certain crops and situations 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, please contact your Chambers County Extension Office or visit our website at www.aces.edu and type “Sprayer calibration” in the “Search Our Site” field.