By: Frannie Miller
Did you know there are about 1 million certified pesticide applicators in the United States? There is somewhere between 11,000 to 15,000 pesticide products registered for use in each state. Common consumer products that contain pesticides include flea collars, weed and feed, and roach baits. Pesticides play an important role in improving the quality of food and feed yields. They also protect the public health, controlling pests in our homes, turf, forests, waterways, and right-of-way.
February is National Pesticide Safety Education Month, which is important in raising awareness and support for land-grant Pesticide Safety Education Programs (PSEP). Pesticide Safety Educations Programs like the one at Kansas State University deliver pesticide applicator trainings on safe use of pesticides in various settings, as well as deal with state-specific needs and laws.
Have you ever wondered how safe you are when using pesticides? You can take a self-assessment of personal pesticide safety practices to evaluate where you could do better:
Self-Assessment of Personal Pesticide Safety Practices
(Megan Kennelly, KSU Plant Pathology)
Which of these is a disease, and which is natural needle drop?
If you guessed natural needle drop for the first and disease (Dothistroma needle blight) for the second, you are right!
If you were not sure, here are some resources to figure it out.
In a recent article in Horticulture News, Ward Upham mentioned some recent reports about natural needle drop on evergreens. You can read more about it here:
In addition, this publication talks about pine diseases and at the end there is a section about natural needle drop:
If you see yellowing, browning, or dropping of needles and you still are not sure you can reach out to your local K-State Research and Extension office or contact the KSU Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab:
Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab
1712 Claflin Road
4032 Throckmorton PSC
Manhattan, Kansas 66506
Fax: (785) 532 5692
By Megan Kennelly
We often think about pesticide safety in terms of when they are applied, but safe storage is important to. Here is a great list of reminders and easy-to-use practices to keep everything organized:
Elements of Good Pesticide Storage
By Brooke Garcia & Frannie Miller
Upcoming Commercial Pesticide Applicator Training
Date: November 12-14, 2019 in Salina, KS – Webster Conference Center
Objective: The objective of this training program is for the Kansas State University Cooperative Education Service to provide a broad, practical training program and to help Kansas commercial pesticide applicators meet the requirements for renewal certification.
ALL commercial certified pesticide applicators are required to accumulate credit hours if re-certifying through training.
In Kansas, there are two ways to receive training for renewal certification: 1) study a manual and pass an examination and 2) attend training courses approved by the Kansas Secretary of Agriculture for required re-certification credit hour (CEU) accumulation. All applicators must now accumulate the necessary credit hours required for the appropriate category/subcategory in which they are certified. If you have not accumulated the required number of credit hours (1 core hour and either 3, 5 or 7 pest management hours) and paid the certification fee ($50 per category certified in) to the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) by the expiration of your current certification, you must re-exam to obtain certification.
With pesticides, usually we are thinking about the active ingredient that targets the problematic insect, weed, or disease. But did you know that the different “carriers” in the formulation can affect applicator safety, too?
Here is a quick article that summarizes some of the key points of selecting the right gloves for applicator safety:
If the Glove Doesn’t Fit (the job!), You Must Quit
Speaking of pesticide safety, the EPA recently announced a new program to help translate information into Spanish.
You can find the full guide here: