Pesticide experts will go on tour Oct. 3-7 in Montana to help eastern state applicators renew their licenses before the end of the year.
Thos who purchase, use or supervise use of restricted use materials on land they own, rent or lease need private applicator licenses. Private applicators in Carter, Custer, Daniels, Dawson, Fallon, Garfield, McCone, Phillips, Powder River, Prairie, Richland, Roosevelt, Rosebud, Sheridan, Treasure, Valley and Wibaux counties need to recertify by the end of 2011.
All of these counties are in Montana Private Pesticide District No. 4.
To help private applicators recertify by the deadline, the Montana State University Pesticide Safety Education and the MSU Integrated Pest Management programs will hold 10 sessions throughout the east state region.
Meetings are set for Oct. 3 in Froid and Scobey, Oct. 4 in Glasgow and Malta, Oct. 5 in Circle and Jordan, Oct. 6 in Baker and Miles City, and Oct. 7 in Glendale and Wibaux.
Agendas for each meeting, and location information, are available at www.pesticides.montana.edu. Select the "2011 Pest Management Tour" for help. Information is also available from Cecil Tharp at email@example.com, or on the phone at (406) 994-5067.
Most meetings will include sessions on pesticide movement in the environment. Other topics will vary by area, but may include cheatgrass management in crops, preventing and managing herbicide resistance, common plant diseases, spray calibration, weed management in small grain, biocontrol of weeds, managing noxious weeds on the range, and USDA restricted use record keeping.
A special session on management of narrowleaf hawksbeard, an emerging Montana weed, is also set.
A new topic for the training sessions relates to Homeland Security.
Speakers from MSU, Dow AgroScience and the MDA are scheduled for the meetings.
Private applicators will receive three credits for attending either a morning or afternoon session, and six credits for attending all day long. Government and commercial applicators who attend morning and afternoon meetings will be qualified to receive government/commercial applicator credits towards the categories of dealer, demonstration and research, agricultural plant pest control, right of way, special utility pest and regulatory weed pest control.