February 25, 2004

A training session on Integrated Pest Management scouting procedures and pest identification will be held March 17 at the University of Kentucky Research and Education Center in Princeton. Those attending the program will learn how to identify weeds, insects and diseases of corn, soybeans and small grains.

Farmers, agribusinessmen, crop consultants and others who make pest management decisions or give advice can benefit from the IPM Training School. Advanced registration is not needed and the program is free and open to the public.

This year’s agenda will include updates on new or potential pests facing farmers including soybean aphid, soybean stem borer, and soybean rust. New technology for corn insect management also will be updated. UK Cooperative Extension Service entomologists Ric Bessin and Doug Johnson and plant pathologist Don Hershman will present the overview.

In addition, Paul Vincelli, a plant pathologist with the UK Cooperative Extension Service, will review of corn diseases and mycotoxins. Insect identification and update, and weed identification and update will also be part of the one-day training program.

An update from the UK Soils labs will round out the meeting.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The program begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 3:40 p.m. Lunch is on your own.

The program has been approved for 5.5 hours of certified crop advisor continuing education units: three in pest management, two in crop production and 0.5 in soil fertility.  Three general hours and one specific hour for categories 1 – ag applicator; 10 –  demonstration and research; or 12 – retail pesticide sales agent (dealer) have been approved through the Kentucky Pesticide Applicator Training program.

For more information, contact Patty Lucas at 270-365-7541 ext. 218 or plucas@uky.edu.



Writer: Laura Skillman 270-365-7541 ext. 278
Source: Patty Lucas, 270-365-7541 ext. 218