The Montana State University Pesticide Education Program, with assistance from the Montana Department of Agriculture, is offering a pest management tour for pesticide applicators at eight locations across southwestern Montana from Oct. 7 to Oct. 10.
Speakers will present on a variety of topics, including managing rodents; invasive grass management; weeds and wildfire; crop insect pest management; submitting pest samples for management recommendations; plant disease; reading the product label; understanding the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard; and a short pesticide education update. Presentations vary by location.
Representatives speaking on the tour include Cecil Tharp, MSU Pesticide Education Specialist; Tim Seipel, MSU Cropland Weed Specialist; Jane Mangold, MSU Invasive Plant Specialist; Kevin Wanner, MSU Crop Insect Pest Specialist; Mary Burrows, MSU Plant Pathologist; Tonda Moon, MDA District 1 Officer; Stephen Vantassel, MDA Vertebrate Pest Specialist; and Theresa Schrum, MDA District 2 Officer.
Private applicators can attend morning or afternoon sessions for three