Private Pesticide Applicator Training Scheduled

Farmers and others who wish to purchase and apply pesticides must attend a Private Pesticide Applicator Training Session or view a training video before receiving certification from the Missouri Department of Agriculture. University of Missouri Extension will be holding first time certification and recertification programs at the Miller County MU Extension Office in the Courthouse Annex in Tuscumbia.  Two pesticide applicator training sessions are planned. The sessions will be held on February 15 and February 29, 2016 beginning at 6:00 pm.

A certified private applicator is any individual who is authorized to use or supervise the use of any restricted use pesticide for purpose of producing any agricultural commodity on property owned or rented by him or his employer. The Missouri Department of Agriculture also requires individuals whose certifications are expired or are soon expiring, to attend training to renew their license.  The license must be renewed every five years. The training sessions cover several topics including:  safety, ground water protection, record keeping, pest management, and Worker Protection Standards regulations that affect agricultural producers with employees who work with pesticides. The training sessions are open to the public. 

The Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual is required, and there is an application to complete at the training session. The manual will available for purchase at the sessions for $12. Individuals wishing to recertify should bring their training manuals with them to the training. In order to have enough manuals available for purchase, advance registration is required. If you wish to attend the sessions at the Miller County MU Extension office, please call 573-369-2394 to register. For more information, contact Patricia Barrett at or call 573-369-2394.

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Don’t guess; soil tests save time, money

 Soil testing is the best guide to the wise and efficient use of fertilizer and soil amendments, said Manjula Nathan, director of the University of Missouri Extension Soil Testing and Plant Diagnostic Services.

 Whether you grow acres of row crops or have a vegetable patch in the backyard, a soil test will provide you with an analysis of nutrients and a set of recommendations for any improvements.

 “We frequently get questions from customers like, ‘I apply fertilizer every year. How come my plants are not doing well?’” Nathan said.

 “Most of the time the problem is they never have done a soil test, but have been guessing on fertilizer requirements,” she said. “They do not realize that by guessing they are wasting money by over- or under application, and the excess fertilizer can end up in streams, ponds and underground water, polluting the environment.”

Soil testing can be done through the extension office. Soil tests cost $15 per sample during the first full week of the month and are $16.50 per sample otherwise. Six or more tests are $12.50 per sample. Make sure your soil is dry when you bring it in. A soil probe and a auger that can be checked out from the extension office. There is a $50 deposit on the soil probe. Soil testing publications

Private pesticide training

If you need to be certified or recertified, call the extension office to schedule a time to view the video. There is a minimal fee. Individuals are required to have a Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual. Bring your copy for verification or purchase one for $12 at the extension office.