Preparing for the Commercial Certification Exam

By Glenn Nice, UW PAT Pogram. If you have been certified before, this article may not tell you anything new.  However, if you are new to this whole process, or you can’t remember how this process works, please read on. We recommend that you give yourself plenty of time study the material before taking the […]

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EPA Proposes New Restrictions for Neonicotinoid Insecticides

By Steve Tomasko, UW PAT Program The public can comment on some new proposed restrictions on the use of neonicotinoid insecticides. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced its proposal in January 2020. The active ingredients involved are acetamiprid, clothianidin, dinotefuran, imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam (collectively known as neonicotinoids). These insecticides are used on a wide variety […]

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EPA Approves Pesticides for Hemp Production

By Steve Tomasko, UW PAT Program The Environmental Protection Agency has approved ten pesticide products for use on hemp.  Nine of the products are biopesticides and one is a conventional pesticide. These are the first registered hemp uses for pesticide products since last year’s passage of the Farm Bill, which allowed for legal production of […]

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Gypsy Moth Populations Decline

Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) Press Release From 2017 through 2019, the number of gypsy moths trapped in Wisconsin dropped by just over 50 percent. The decline could be due to many factors including weather conditions and gypsy moth treatment programs. Severe winter cold can kill gypsy moth eggs, especially when coupled […]

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Field Scout Training in River Falls

Learn more about agricultural pests, nutrient management, scouting techniques and more at an IPM Field Scout Training Class March 24-25 in River Falls. The class is sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, UW-Extension and the Integrated Pest Management and will be held on the UW-River Falls campus. This training session will provide classroom and […]

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Remember to Check the Landscape Registry

With spring creeping closer (sort of) pesticide applicators who apply to landscapes need to remember to check the “Landscape Registry.” The Landscape Registry is run by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). Commercial for-hire applicators must check this list before making an application to a landscape and notify people on the […]

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A New Rodenticide May Soon be Available to Control Mice

By Steve Tomasko, UW PAT Program If approved by the Environmental Protection Agency, alphachloralose, a new rodenticide will be the first new active ingredient approved for rodent control in 20 years. The current slate of registered rodenticides includes 10 active ingredients grouped as first- and second-generation anticoagulants (such as warfarin and brodifacoum) and the non-coagulants […]

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Science and The Interpretation of Science

By Glenn Nice, UW PAT Program. “Passion says, ‘There be monsters behind that door’.  Science says, ‘let us open the door and find out’.” Science is a topic that people have a love or hate relationship with.  Some are well versed in how it works, yet others are not well informed and even some don’t […]

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Spanish Training Resources for Fruit Growers and Workers

By Steve Tomasko, UW PAT Prograrm. The University of Wisconsin-Madison Fruit Program now as new web page of resources in Spanish. This new resource page has more than two dozen training videos on topics such as: pruning food safety pesticides tractor safety forklift training ladder safety The page also includes links to regulatory information and […]

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EPA Reviews Pesticide Applications for Use in Hemp Crops

By Steve Tomasko, UW PAT Program The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has received 10 pesticide applications to expand their use to include hemp. The 10 requests are the result of the December 2018 Farm Bill provisions that removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, legalizing hemp for commercial production and use. EPA held a […]

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