January 13, 2006 | By: Laura Skillman

Agricultural pesticide applicators can attend a daylong educational workshop Feb. 14 in Louisville then spend the next day browsing through the exhibits at the National Farm Machinery Show.

The workshop will begin at 8:50 a.m. at the Executive Inn, located just outside the gates of the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, home to the annual machinery show. Information will be provided on regulatory and safety issues, crop biosecurity for dealers, and soybean integrated pest management issues and control strategies. 

Additional topics are IPM strategies for controlling soil insects in corn with seed treatments and Bt technology, strategies for managing kudzu and other invasive weeds in noncropland and forested areas and highway rights-of-way, and weed management issues in small fruit crops and in pastures.

The final session will be on soybean management: applying fungicides to soybeans for plant health and fungicide efficacy for soybean rust. The workshop will conclude at 4:30 p.m.

The meeting is sponsored by the University of Kentucky Pesticide Safety Program, Kentucky IPM Program and the AgriBusiness Association of Kentucky.

The program has applied for seven continuing education units for certified crop advisers: three in IPM, two in crop management and two in professional development. Continuing education hours for Kentucky commercial pesticide applicators have been approved – three general hours, two specific hours in categories 4 and 12, and one specific hour in categories 1, 2 and 6.

The cost of the workshop is $35. Registration will be taken at the door but pre-registration is requested. To register, contact Tod Griffin at (502) 226-1122 or tgriffin@kyretail.com.


Jim Martin, (270) 365-7541 ext. 2