Sign up now for one of the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Courses for Corn and Soybeans being offered across the province. Anyone needing to buy and use neonicotinoid treated corn or soybean seed must complete integrated pest management training and become certified, among other requirements,starting Aug. 31, 2016.
Once completed, certification is valid for five years and a certified person can supervise up to seven people to help with planting.
The course is free of charge if successfully completed by Aug. 31, 2016.
Offered by University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus, the course covers topics such as IPM principles, including corn and soybean pest identification, planting best management practices, the new regulatory requirements regarding Class 12 pesticides and pollinator protection from neonicotinoid exposure.
The courses are taught by experienced instructors, many of whom are farmers.
Blenheim-area farmer and project co-ordinator Denise Lesy notes that “participants appreciate learning how best to identify and scout for insect pests, as well as how to complete the required documentation”.
Courses take half a day in class, or over two days online where participants enjoy the convenience of learning at their own pace.
To register for one of the over 600 courses offered in English or French across the province in the next few months, sign-up online at www.IPMcertified.ca or call 1-866-225-9020.