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Friday, November 18, 2011

Pesticide Recertification
Event Details
Date(s): November 18, 2011
Time: 9:00 AM  CST - 3:45 PM  CST
Organization Details
Organization: MNLA/MTGF
Contact Phone: 651-633-4987
Contact Email:
Click here for a printable flyer and registration form (.pdf) or go to the top of the right column to register online!

This workshop meets MDA’s pesticide applicator recertification requirements for Categories A (Core) and E (Turf & Ornamentals).
This is your last chance to recertify in 2011. Register now before the class fills up! SPACE IS LIMITED and this seminar sells out a week in advance nearly every year!
Session I
9:00am—9:45am: MDA’s Pesticide Applicator Licensing, Kay Sargent and Stephanie Ende, ACI
Session II
9:45am—10:30am: Pesticides and Skin, Dean Herzfeld
10:30am—10:45am: Break
Session III (Concurrent Sessions—choose 1)
10:45am—11:45am: Turf: Developing Disease-Resistant Turfgrasses, Eric Watkins
10:45am—11:45am: Woodies: EAB Update, Jeff Hahn
11:45am—12:30pm: Lunch
Session IV (Concurrent Sessions—choose 1)
12:30pm—1:30pm: Turf: Current Topics in Landscape Turfgrass Pests, Bob Mugaas
12:30pm—1:30pm: Woodies: Beyond the Emerald Ash Borer: Replacement Trees for Ash, Kathy Zuzek
Session V (Concurrent Sessions—choose 1)
1:35pm—2:35pm: Turf: Sustainable Landscape Turfgrass Management, Bob Mugaas
1:35pm—2:35pm: Woodies: Tree and Herbaceous Diseases on the Horizon, Michelle Grabowski
2:35pm—2:45pm: Break
Session VI
2:45pm—3:45pm: Unintended Environmental Consequences of Herbicides to Landscape Trees & Shrubs, Mark Stennes
Session Descriptions
Session I
MDA’s Pesticide Applicator Licensing
Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will review the basics of pesticide application licensing, certification, recordkeeping and posting turf applications.
Session II
Pesticides and Skin
This presentation will provide a review of what we know from recent pesticide exposure and health research and how that research is shaping current thinking on safety recommendations for pesticide applicators. The concept of “universal precautions” will be discussed and how it has the potential to reduced over all exposure for pesticide applicators.
Session III (Concurrent Sessions—choose 1)
Turf: Developing Disease-Resistant Turfgrasses
Managing diseases in turf is one of the greatest challenges faced by a turfgrass manager. In recent years, there has been increased effort in the area of breeding for disease resistance and the result has been a number of disease-resistant turfgrass cultivars. This seminar will describe how plant breeders develop these disease]resistant turfgrasses. We will also discuss recent disease data from turfgrass cultivar trials and how to find useful disease resistance data.
Woody Plants: EAB Update
We will take a short look at the history of emerald ash borer (EAB) in the U.S. and in Minnesota, especially what is new in 2010. We will also look at what is being done in Minnesota to slow EAB down as well as the management options that are available.
Session IV (Concurrent Sessions—choose 1)
Turf: Current Topics in Landscape Turfgrass Pests
This session will take a look back at some of the more troublesome landscape turfgrass pests and situations occurring over the last couple of years. At least on of the specific topics will include a review of several winter related problems and injury over past couple of winters. Other items will be added as situations arise during the growing season. Where appropriate, prevention and/or control practices related to these situations will be addressed.
Beyond the EAB: Replacement Trees for Ash
Now that the emerald ash borer has been found in Minnesota, owners of private and public properties are looking for replacement trees as ash are removed. There are many other tree species without serious pest issues that are hardy, provide beauty in our landscapes, and can be used in place of ash trees. This seminar will introduce you to many of the species that can be used to replace ash and diversify our urban forests.
Session V (Concurrent Sessions—choose 1)
Turf: Sustainable Landscape Turfgrass Management
When it comes to managing our landscape turfgrass areas, the cultural practices we employ can play a significant role in the development and/or spread of particular pest problems. This session will address a number of cultural practices commonly used in landscape turfgrass management and how they can both impact the occurrence and severity of pest problems when carried out poorly or improperly. Common pest problems discussed will include insects, diseases and weeds. Make sure your cultural practices are as finely tuned as you can make them and learn how that contributes to a more sustainable turfgrass management program.
Woody Plants: Tree and Herbaceous Diseases on the Horizon
Grabowski will discuss some of the diseases anticipated in 2012 and beyond.
Session VI
Unintended Environmental Consequences of Herbicides to Landscape Trees and Shrubs
Frequently, herbicides are used to control weeds in and around our landscape trees and shrubs. However, even correctly applied herbicides can have unintended consequences for those plants that range from minor foliar damage to plant death. This session will focus on how some of these problems can occur and the symptoms associated with a few of the more common herbicides.

Looking for continuing education credits?
  • Continuing Education credits for MGCSA will be available. 
  • ISA CEUs: 5.5 points
  • MNLA-CP: 3 points
See the video below from the 2010 Joint MNLA/MTGF Pesticide Recertification Event


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