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Extension helps get the bugs out of insect, weed control

SAN ANTONIO - Does finding the right pesticide or herbicide and figuring out the most effective way to mix and apply it drive you buggy?

Proper insect and weed control means using the right product at the right rate and delivering it only where you want it to go, said Charles Stichler, Texas Cooperative Extension agronomist at the Texas A&M University System Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Uvalde.

To help inform people on the proper pesticide and herbicide application, Extension for Bexar County will host a seminar on Feb. 24 at Lonesome Oak Cafe, 12145 Loop 107 in San Antonio. The program, which begins at 6 p.m., costs $10 per person and includes dinner.

The program will be a "last chance" for licensed private applicators who have not fulfilled their continuing education requirements and whose five-year licenses expire on Feb. 28, Warren said.

Attendees will receive three continuing education credits: one in laws and regulations, one in insect and pest management, and one in drift management.

Applying a pesticide or herbicide properly requires knowledge and skill, Stichler said. "If you don't apply your product properly, you can wind up either wasting your time and money or killing more than you intended to during product application," he said. "You need to know about using the right nozzle and pressure, as well as understanding how to avoid product 'drift' to areas where you may kill grass or plants you want to keep."

Anyone from a homeowner to commercial farmer can benefit from attending the seminar, added Jerry Warren, Extension agent for agriculture in Bexar County.

"We'll have presenters on sprayer calibration, insect control in pastures, and laws and regulations on pesticide and herbicide use," he said. "The seminar will cover a lot of useful material in one evening."

For more information, call Jerry Warren at (210) 467-6575. To RSVP, call Shelia Wright at (210) 467-6575 by Feb. 22.

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