Best Management Practices for Pesticide Applications presented by Sandra McDonald, Mountain Pest West
To use pesticides legally and efficaciously the first step is to identify the pest. Then determine your pest management strategy. If a pesticide or mixture of pesticides is the best choice, the pest manager must read, understand and follow the pesticide product’s label. This presentation will “walk-through” a number of key label statements. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of assuring the site is allowed on the label, environmental hazard statements, mixing compatibility and jar tests, and sprayer clean-up procedures.
Sandra McDonald founded Mountain West PEST (Pesticide Education & Safety Training) in 2009. Prior to establishing Mountain West PEST, Sandra was the Environmental and Pesticide Education Specialist at Colorado State University. She worked for thirteen (13) years at Colorado State University where she was involved in specialty crop pesticide research, in addition to her role as a pesticide safety educator. Sandra also has extensive teaching experiences in pesticide safety, pesticide applicator exposure, pest management and pesticides in the environment. She is an active in a number of professional organizations including the American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators (AAPSE), the Western Society of Weed Science (WSWS), and the Rocky Mountain Agribusiness Association (RMAA). She is currently the president of the WSWS.