The Wisconsin field office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has released the results of its survey of Wisconsin farmers and custom applicators. The Wisconsin Custom Rate Guide, which is released every 3 years, is available here.
The Midwest Invasive Plant Network has published an online search tool to find information on invasive species control- Invasive Plant Control Database. From this website, go to Resources and then to Tools. The MIPN database works best if you already know the invasive plant species that you have. To help with identification, the Herbarium at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has a very nice image catalog of invasive species in Wisconsin, including the counties where they have been found and species descriptions. Another great resource that categorizes the invasive species by habitat is hosted by Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources.
Still unsure of the plant species, try University of Wisconsin’s weed identification tool or go to the PlantDOC website to find your local Extension agent and submit a digital image for identification. The Extension Specialist for Invasive Plants at UW-Madison is Mark Renz and his contact information is here.
The Weed Science Society of America produced a series of articles covering different pesticide handling and application topics. To access the Pesticide Stewardship Series, go here.
Pesticide Stewardship Series titles:
Safety Begins at the Point of Sale
The Buyer Has Important Responsibilities
Hiring a Pest Management Professional
The Importance of Reading the Pesticide Label
Restricted Use Pesticides Require an Extra Level of Care
Certification Programs Fulfill an Essential Need for Competent Pesticide Applicators
Always Be Diligent Concerning Personal Protective Equipment
Employers Play a Central Role in Protecting Agricultural Workers and Pesticide Handlers
Preparation and Oversight are Vital When Storing a Pesticide
The Pesticide Applicator Training program, at the University of Wisconsin-Extension, provides training opportunities, manuals, training aids, and fact sheets. For more information about the program, visit their website. Got questions? Call the program at (608) 262-7588 or send an email to PATprogram@mailplus.wisc.edu