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May 03, 2021

Pesticide Safety and Training

The University of Maryland Pesticide Safety and Training program was created to assist agricultural producers and businesses with timely information regarding pesticide use and recommendations. Farms use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to solve pest problems while minimizing risks to people and the environment.

Maryland pesticide applicators are licensed through the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) as:

  1. Private Pesticide Applicators or;
  2. Commercial Pesticide Applicators

Private Applicator Certification - An optional training is offered in-person or virtually on a regular basis. You can contact your local extension office to get the dates. There is a recording available that goes through each chapter of the book located at: www.go.umd.edu/pesticidereview.

Private Applicator Exam - Exams are offered in counties through the winter months or when there are a number of individuals interested an exam can be scheduled. Contact your Extension office for dates. The Department of Agriculture in Annapolis has testing on a monthly basis. 

Pesticide Private Applicator Recertification Options

University of Maryland Extension (UME) has created a number of options for Maryland Private Pesticide Applicators to receive their recertification credits. Private Applicators are required to have a recertification training session during the last year of their current three-year certification period. Recertification training provides applicators with new information on pest control, health and environmental safety, pest management technology, and changes in pesticide laws and regulations to help the applicator continue to use pesticides safely and effectively. The training must consist of a minimum of 4 credits (1 credit is equal to ½ hour of training), that is the equivalent of two hours of pest or pesticide-related topics as determined by MDA and UME. MDA will update each private applicator's training records whenever you attend an approved course. License renewal notices are issued by MDA via email in late November to applicators that have satisfied the training requirements and whose private applicator certificates are about to expire.

The following are approved methods for receiving pesticide credits through UME:

Option 1: Attend a live online training offered throughout the year to receive your credits. For course offerings and registration, contact your local Extension office or check for updates in our Extension newsletters, Maryland Agronomy News, Fruit and Vegetables News, and the UME calendar of events.

Option 2: Watch prerecorded online webinars at your own pace through our University of Maryland Pesticide Portal. You can pick and choose the webinars that are of interest to you to obtain the needed credit hours. Complete the request form https://go.umd.edu/pestandnutrient, including your name and contact information to get started. You will be asked to click on which training you are interested in and you will need to provide your pesticide certification number. You will then be directed to the video series. These are best watched on a tablet or laptop as there are questions embedded in each video that you must answer.

Option 3: Request a paper workbook to be mailed to you. Topics covered in this workbook are MDA-approved and are equivalent to two hours of in-person training needed every three years to renew your private applicator’s license. This workbook is also approved for three (3) Delaware credits and two (2) Pennsylvania core credits. Upon completion of the workbook, the applicator will answer a 30-question quiz and mail it back to the Baltimore County Extension Office. Upon receipt, we will grade the quizzes no later than the end of the month in which they were received. To receive pesticide recertification credits, the applicator must score at least 70 percent on the 30-question quiz (21/30 correct). Once the applicator passes, the applicator will receive confirmation in the mail and their information will be submitted to the Maryland Department of Agriculture. To order your workbook, please call your local Extension office or complete the online request form: https://go.umd.edu/pesticideworkbook.

Option 4: Some small in-person training will begin happening around the state. Space will be limited and registration will be required. Contact your local Extension office for more information.

*Remember that all renewals are done online. MDA will not be mailing pesticide renewals unless specifically requested from MDA. You will not have renewed your license until you complete the renewal forms and pay MDA $7. https://egov.maryland.gov/mda/pesticides. Online tutorials on how to renew your license and print your license are available on our YouTube channel.

Commercial Applicators - Commercial applicators should contact the Maryland Department of Agriculture for information regarding examinations and licensing. This certification requires an annual update for credit hours. Some UME classes are approved for commercial credits.

Pesticide Recommendations

Field Crops

  • Mid-Atlantic Field Crop Weed Management Guide
    John Wallace, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Science;  Dwight Lingenfelter, Extension Associate, Weed Science, William S. Curran, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Weed Science.
    PennState University


    Weed management practices and strategies, including tables containing herbicide recommendations, for corn, sorghum, soybean, small grains, forages, and farmstead; information on the problem weeds henbit, horsenettle, horseweed, palmer amaranth and waterhemp, common pokeweed, common ragweed, giant ragweed, annual ryegrass, broadleaf and curly dock, johnsongrass and shattercane, lambsquarters, milkweed, and hemp dogbane, wild mustard, and radish, and Canada thistle.
     
  • General Management of Nematodes in Field Crops FS-1082
    Andrew Kness, University of Maryland Extension Agent- Harford, Carroll, and Baltimore County

    Nematodes are an economically important pathogen of many crops in Maryland. Significant yield loss can occur if nematodes are not managed properly. This fact sheet serves as a broad introduction to nematodes as plant pathogens and serves as a general guide for sampling and managing nematodes in Maryland.
     
  • Efficacy of Weed Management Tactics SPES-268NP
    Flessner, M., Bamber, K., Besacon, T., Chandran, R., Hines, T., Johnson, Q., Lingenfelter, D., Rubione, C., Shergill, L.,  Singh, V., VanGessel, M., Vollmer, K., & Wallace, J. (Jan 2021)

    This poster provides relative effectiveness of various integrated weed management tactics for summer annual crops. The chart helps identify the most effective tactics to manage weeds.
     
  • Fungicide Efficacy for Control of Corn Diseases CPN-2011-W (pdf)
    Crop Protection Network

    This fact sheet contains recommendations on developed ratings for how well fungicides control major corn diseases in the United States.
     
  • Fungicide Efficacy for Foliar Soybean Diseases CPN-1019-W (pdf)
    Crop Protection Network

    This fact sheet contains recommendations on foliar fungicide efficacy for the control of major foliar soybean diseases in the United States.
     
  • Fungicide Efficacy for Control of Soybean Seedling Diseases CPN-102-W (pdf)
    Crop Protection Network

    This fact sheet contains recommended ratings for how well fungicide seed treatments control seedling diseases of soybeans in the United States.
     
  • Fungicide Efficacy for control Wheat Diseases and Small Grains CPN-3002-W (pdf)
    Crop Protection Network

    This fact sheet contains recommendations about fungicide efficacy for the control of certain foliar diseases of wheat for use by the grain production industry in the United States.
     
  • Spray Tank Check Chart for Soybeans (pdf)
    Mark VanGessel¹, Ben Beale², Thierry Besacon³, Melissa Bravo³, Rakesh Chandran⁴, Michael Flessner⁵, Dwight Lingengelter⁶, Vijay Singh⁵, Kurt Vollmer², John Wallace⁶
    ¹University of Delaware, ²University of Maryland Extension, ³Rutgers University, ⁴West Virginia University, ⁵Virginia Tech, ⁶Penn State

     
  • Spray Tank Check Chart for Corn (pdf)
    Mark VanGessel¹, Ben Beale², Thierry Besacon³, Melissa Bravo³, Rakesh Chandran⁴, Michael Flessner⁵, Dwight Lingengelter⁶, Vijay Singh⁵, Kurt Vollmer², John Wallace⁶
    ¹University of Delaware, ²University of Maryland Extension, ³Rutgers University, ⁴West Virginia University, ⁵Virginia Tech, ⁶Penn State

Vegetable Crops

  • Mid-Atlantic Commercial Vegetable Production Recommendations
    Information presented in this publication is based on research results from the University of Delaware, the University of Maryland, Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey, The Pennsylvania State University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and State University, West Virginia University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, combined with industry and grower knowledge and experience.
     
  • Maryland Fruit & Vegetable Blog
    Provides readers with current information on fruits and vegetables, disease and pest updates, and much more.
     
  • Efficacy of Weed Management Tactics SPES-268NP
    Flessner, M., Bamber, K., Besacon, T., Chandran, R., Hines, T., Johnson, Q., Lingenfelter, D., Rubione, C., Shergill, L.,  Singh, V., VanGessel, M., Vollmer, K., & Wallace, J. (Jan 2021)

    This poster provides relative effectiveness of various integrated weed management tactics for summer annual crops. The chart helps identify the most effective tactics to manage weeds.

 

Ornamental Horticulture

  • IPMnet
    University of Maryland Extension

    IPMnet is an online resource for commercial ornamental plant production and maintenance with an emphasis on using an integrated pest management approach. We primarily work with nursery growers, landscapers, greenhouse growers, cut flower growers, IPM scouts, and arborists.

    Learn more

Tree and Small Fruit

  • 2021 Spray Bulletin for Commercial Tree Fruit Growers (456-419)
    Douglas G. Pfeiffer, Virginia Cooperative Extension

    This guide contains information on pesticides used in orchards, with a seasonal treatment of when and how these materials should be employed. Efficacy information toward major fruit pests as well as beneficial species is included. 188 pages. To download or print the pdf, click on the 'preview' button and, then the option to download the PDF appears.
     
  • Efficacy of Weed Management Tactics SPES-268NP
    Flessner, M., Bamber, K., Besacon, T., Chandran, R., Hines, T., Johnson, Q., Lingenfelter, D., Rubione, C., Shergill, L.,  Singh, V., VanGessel, M., Vollmer, K., & Wallace, J. (Jan 2021)

    This poster provides relative effectiveness of various integrated weed management tactics for summer annual crops. The chart helps identify the most effective tactics to manage weeds.
  • Spray Program for Multi-Small Fruit Plantings
    R. David Myers, University of Maryland Extension

    Multi-Small Fruit Spray Program (updated yearly) for pest and disease control of major small fruit (Strawberries, Brambles, Blackberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, and Grapes.)
     
  • Spray Program for Multi-Tree Fruit Orchards
    R. David Myers, University of Maryland Extension.

    Multi-Tree Fruit Orchard Spray Program (updated yearly) for the control of major tree fruit (Pomes: apples, pears; Stones: peaches, plums, nectarines, and cherries) pest and diseases. 
     
  • Maryland Fruit & Vegetable Blog
    Provides readers with current information on fruits and vegetables, disease and pest updates, and much more.

Home and Garden

  • Home and Garden Information Center
    University of Maryland Extension

    The Home and Garden Information Center (HGIC) develops and delivers science-based, sustainable gardening and integrated pest management education for better human and environmental health.

    The Home and Garden Information Center partners with the Master Gardener Program to provide educational resources to the volunteers as well as digital resources through the Home and Garden website.

    Learn more

Special Spray Provisions

Licensing

Maryland Department of Agriculture - Pesticide Regulation
50 Harry S. Truman Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21401

Telephone: (410) 841-5710

Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) Online Private Pesticide License Renewal

University of Maryland Extension-Carroll County and the Maryland Department of Agriculture
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Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) Online Private Pesticide License Printing

University of Maryland Extension-Carroll County and the Maryland Department of Agriculture
Length: 3:08