Skip to Navigation Skip to Main Content

Lee Standley: Training needed for some pest control

Extension office to offer sessions

Denton County has about 62,000 acres in grazing and hay production and more than 48,000 acres under cultivation with small grains. Insect pest management and weed control are important tools in keeping these agricultural acres’ production at a profitable level.

Good pest control practices relate to higher grain yields and quality forage harvested either by baling or grazing livestock. In order to maintain the production goals set by the agricultural producer, herbicide and insecticide chemical applications are sometimes warranted.

For the application of restricted and state-limited-use chemicals, the Texas Depart­ment of Agriculture requires a current pesticide applicator license. The term “pesticide applicator training” refers collectively to the education components of certification and recertification of the pesticide applicator license.

In Texas, this involves maintaining continuing education units in the areas of state and county laws and regulations, personal safety and integrated pest management. These and other requirements are needed for a license to be renewed.

To meet the educational needs of these producers and the requirements of the state, the Denton County Extension Beef, Crops and Forage Committee will offer a pesticide applicator recertification course on Dec. 7 at Buffalo Valley Event Center, 2946 W. Ganzer Road in Denton. Registration will begin at 8 a.m., and the training will start at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. Pesticide applicators will receive five continuing education units for attending, including laws and regulations as well as integrated pest management.

Topics to be covered will include: “Invasive Grasses and Pests,” presented by Brian Cain, DuPont range and pasture specialist; “Drift Minimization,” Ross Cantrell of Winfield Solutions; “Weed and Brush Control,” Brant Mettler of Dow AgriSciences; “Pesticide Laws and Regulations Update,” Don Renchie, associate department head of agriculture and environmental safety, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension; and “Integrated Pest Management for Landscapes and Mosquito Control,” Janet Laminack, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension.

Even if you do not have a pesticide applicator license, this is a great educational opportunity with presentations by professionals and re­searchers who are at the top of their field.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Advance registration is required with a fee of $40 (made payable to “Ag Demo Fund”) and mailed by Nov. 30 to the Denton County Extension Office, 306 N. Loop 288, Suite 222, Denton, TX 76209. To register, or for more information, contact the Texas AgriLife Extension Office at 940-349-2880 or e-mail

LEE STANDLEY is the agriculture and natural resources county extension agent with Texas AgriLife Extension. He can be reached at 940-349-2880.