Pesticide application refresher course scheduled at Fisher River Park

Staff Report

September 2, 2013

DOBSON — North Carolina Extension Service Agriculture and Field Crops Agent James Boggs has announced a free pesticide course will be held Sept. 23. Boggs said the course will count toward keeping local commercial pesticide applicator license credits current.

“This will be held at Fisher River Park,” said Boggs. “That makes it unique in that it will be held outside. Switching things up in this locally will allow us to also focus on sprayer calibration.”

Fellow Extension Agent Joanna Radford also will conduct a talk on pest and weed identification for class participants.

Boggs said the course will count as credit for commercial applicators with license classifications X, A, G, H,K, L, N, O and D. He said there is no charge for the course.

“Sprayer calibration is all about efficiency,” said Boggs. “If too much pesticide is applied there can be unanticipated damage. The right amount being applied is critical for success and costs less.”

He encouraged participants to the course to bring their pesticide license to help cooperative agents with registration. Persons with questions about the course may call 401-8025 to sign up. He characterized the course as a refresher class for many local farmers and pesticide applicators.