Monday, September 9, 2013

Turfgrass Pest Management Class

Foundations of Turfgrass Pest Management class is offered (Sept. 18-20).  The same agenda (see below) will be repeated on November 6-8.  Both programs will be held at the Mid-Florida Research and Education Center in Apopka.  There will be a Foundations of Tree and Shrub Pest Management on Oct. 2-4, and the Master's of Turfgrass Pest Management is on Dec. 18-20.  I have 14 CEUs for each of the Turf Foundation programs.  Registration for all L&O programs is through the PMU website (  If you know of folks who might be interested in participating in the course, you are welcome to forward them to me (352-273-3976; or the website. 

Thank you,

Eileen Buss
Associate Professor
Landscape and Turfgrass Entomology

Foundations of Turfgrass Pest Management

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
7:30-8:00 am

8:00-8:30 am
Introduction – Pre-test – Objectives of Training – Manuals

8:30-9:10 am
Paul Mitola, FDACS Environmental Specialist III
Licensing and CEU requirements for Chapters 482 FS and 487 FS

9:10-9:50 am

Don Grant, FDACS Environmental Specialist II
Vehicle inspection (outdoor)
  • How to avoid common mistakes that may result in fines:
  • Presence of ID card, proper vehicle identification, general vehicle safety, proper labeling and storage of pesticides and equipment,

9:50-10:05 am
10:05-11:00 am
Paul Mitola, FDACS Environmental Specialist III
Navigating the label, MSDS, and PPE (indoor)
  • Labels: Merit 0.5G, Talstar P, Arena 50WDG, Allectus SC

11:00-12:00 pm
Paul Mitola
Pesticide spill drill (outdoor) (Max. of 5 people per group, for four spills)

12:00-12:30 pm
Lunch (provided)
12:30-1:00 pm
Dr. Eileen Buss, Associate Professor of Entomology, UF/IFAS
Turfgrass Integrated Pest Management (indoor)
  • What it is and why we do it
  • Consumer education about “Plant Health Care”

1:00-1:30 pm
Dr. Eileen Buss
IPM scouting kit and methods of sampling (outdoor)
  • Soil and nutrient sampling, moisture sensors, “active” vs. “passive” traps, and preserving and submitting samples

1:30-2:00 pm
Matt Lenhardt, Commercial Horticulture Agent, UF/IFAS Brevard Co. Extension
Outdoor exercise: Equipment calibration and math

2:00-2:15 pm
2:15-3:15 pm
Dr. Eileen Buss
Pesticide formulations, chemical classes, & pesticide resistance management

3:15-4:45 pm
John Riley, Pumptec Eastern Region
Outdoor exercises: Groups rotate through a demonstration or practice using different pieces of equipment (45 minutes/station) for granular and liquid application best practices

4:45-5:00 pm
5:00 pm

Thursday, September 19, 2013

7:45-8:00 am
8:00-9:00 am
Dr. Laurie Trenholm, Professor, Environmental Horticulture, UF/IFAS
Common turfgrass anatomy, species, varieties and maintenance requirements (mowing, thatch management, mechanical and chemical edging, etc.)

9:00-10:00 am
Dr. Laurie Trenholm
Abiotic (non-living) turfgrass problems and stresses

10:00-10:15 am
10:15-11:15 am
Dr. Philip Harmon, Assistant Professor, Plant Pathology
Common turf diseases: signs & symptoms, management

Matt Lenhardt
Common weed identification and management

12:00-12:30 pm
Lunch Break
12:30-2:00 pm
Dr. Eileen Buss
Common turf insect pests: identification, damage and management
  • Observe specimens and damage with dissecting scopes
  • “Who Am I” activity

2:00-2:15 pm
2:15-4:45 pm
Dr. Don Rainey, Sarasota County Extension, GI-BMP Coordinator
Green Industries Best Management Practices

4:45-5:00 pm
5:00 pm

Friday, September 20, 2013
7:45-8:00 am
8:00-8:30 am
Paul Mitola and Eileen Buss
Review, Questions and Answers

8:30-9:30 am
Paul Mitola and Eileen Buss
Outdoor exercise: Hand-spreader calibration

9:30-9:45 am
9:45-11:00 am
Paul Mitola and Eileen Buss
Case studies, discussion, and developing an IPM plan

11:00-11:30 am
Paul Mitola and Eileen Buss
Post-test and Evaluation

CEU forms, Graduation and Photos

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