- Oregon Department of Agriculture: 1 core credit
- Washington State Department of Agriculture: 1 recertification credit
Pesticide chemicals in their raw or unformulated state are not usually suitable for pest control. These concentrated chemicals may not mix well with water, may be chemically unstable and can be difficult to handle and transport. For these reasons, manufacturers add inert substances such as clays and solvents to improve application effectiveness, safety, handling and storage. The mixture of active and inert ingredients is called a pesticide formulation and is ready for use either as packaged or after being diluted with water or other carriers.
This course will teach you about different pesticide formulations, adjuvants and application. The course qualifies for Oregon Department of Agriculture's pesticide applicator recertification, the Washington State Department of Agriculture's pesticide applicator recertification, the Idaho State Department of Agriculture recertification, the Wyoming State Department of Agriculture recertification, the Utah State Department of Agriculture recertification, the Nevada State Department of Agriculture recertification, or the New Mexico State Department of Agriculture recertification . This has been approved as a core class by the Oregon Department of Agriculture.
What You'll Learn
- Pesticide formulation.
- Definitions and common abbreviations used to describe formulations.
- How to identify advantages and disadvantages of common formulations.
- The role adjuvants play during pesticide application.
Marvin Butler is a professor specializing in grass seed, vegetable seed, and peppermint. He is currently working for the Central Oregon Agricultural Research Center located in Madras, Oregon.