Weed Control Seminar Session II

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4:00-5:00 pm          Certification and Recertification Status     (Patriot Board Room)                                      Mindy Shoults


7:00-8:30 am                 Breakfast for Session I and II                                    (Liberty Hall)

10:00 am-1:00 pm        Registration                                                                  (Liberty Hall)

11:30 am-1:00 pm         Lunch for Session I and II                                          (Liberty Hall)

Moderator:                     Asplundh                                                                                 (Salons 5-8)

2:15-2:25          Opening Address. Jason Rumble, NRCA president, Ferrosafe LLC

2:25-3:15          Mechanisms and effects of invasion by non-native plants:                                           implications for management of non-crop lands.
                           Dr. Michael Jenkins, Purdue University, W. Lafayette, IN.

The identification, biology, and habitat characteristics that promote the dominance of invasive species will be discussed.  Endangerment of native plants by invasive species is also addressed.

3:15-3:25                      Break

3:25-4:15         Weed biology and herbicide demonstration.
                           Dr. Reid Smeda, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Dr. Smeda will discuss the importance of plant growth stage to herbicide effectiveness and demonstrate efficacy of PRE and POST herbicides on commonly encountered weeds in railroad environments.  Herbicide resistant weeds will also be demonstrated and control practices to combat resistance presented.

4:15-4:25                      BREAK

4:25-5:15           Herbicides: application equipment and techniques from mixing                               to clean up.  Matt Kraushar, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS

Mr. Kraushar identifies the proper techniques for calibration and use of pesticide equipment.  New developments will focus on minimizing pesticide impact on groundwater and other non-target areas.  Effective steps to clean up spray equipment and dispose of rinsate are also covered.

5:15-5:25          BREAK

5:25-6:15           Pesticide safety and personal protection. Dr. Bryan Young,                                               Purdue University, W. Lafayette, IN

Dr. Young will summarize toxicity and poisoning classification as well as PPE to reduce detrimental effects of pesticides.  Worker Protection Standards and proper pesticide handling are also covered.

6:15                                Buffet dinner                                                                       (Liberty Hall)


7:00-8:15 am              Breakfast                                                                           (Liberty Hall)

Moderator:                 RAW                                                                                     (Salon 5-8)

8:15-9:05 am             Transporting pesticides safely and what to do if there is an                                        accident.  Dr. Fred Whitford, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Road transportation of spray application equipment and pesticides occasionally results in accidents.  Proper maintenance of trucks and trailers is crucial to reduce accidents and confine pesticide spills.   In the event of accidents, the what and why of one’s actions are crucial to maintaining a safe environment.

9:05-9:15                      BREAK

9:15-10:05                Pollinators and Pesticides: preventing impacts on non-                                               target organisms. Dr. Raymond Cloyd, Kansas State University,                                             Manhattan, KS

Dr. Cloyd will discuss how pesticides (insecticides, miticides, fungicides, and herbicides) can directly and indirectly harm non-target organisms such as pollinators (bees and butterflies), and the measures that can be implemented to prevent non-target damage.

10:05-10:15                 BREAK

10:15-11:05                Impact of herbicide formulation and adjuvants on                                                        optimizing activity on target organisms. Dr. Richard Zollinger,                                       North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND.

Dr. Zollinger will discuss adjuvant classification, effective adjuvant active ingredients, active ingredient and relationship to mode of action, adjuvant selection based on herbicide use, water quality, and overcoming herbicide antagonism from minerals in spray water.


11:05-11:35 am          Update on Pesticide Regulations. David Scott, Office of the                                                 Indiana State Chemist, West Lafayette, IN

Changes in regulations regarding pesticide are inevitable.  Modifications in labels of major herbicides used in the railroad industry will be presented as well as an update on current legislation pertaining to herbicides and pesticide application safety.

11:35-12:00 pm         CCH paperwork; adjourn

12:00-1:00 pm         Lunch                                                                              (Liberty Hall)

12:00-2:00 pm            NRCA Board of Directors luncheon/business meeting                                                                    (Harrison Room)

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This program is a continuing education activity of Purdue University, an Equal Access/Equal Opportunity University.