Asmark, AGCO Offer Applicators Opportunity to Refresh Skills Before Busy Herbicide Application Season

Asmark, AGCO Offer Applicators Opportunity to Refresh Skills Before Busy Herbicide Application Season

AGCO’s RoGator C Series row crop applicator is one of the pieces of equipment Asmark Institute students use to practice the skills they learn in the classroom.

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AGCO Corp. and the Asmark Institute have created an applicator training course specifically for crop protection and crop nutrient applicators with more than three years of experience. The course, designed for producers who do their own application, as well as professional applicators, helps trainees refresh their skills and fully understand the stewardship and application of complex new chemistries, new buffer requirements and changing regulations. The next classroom training is Feb. 12-13, 2019, at the Applicator Training Center in Bloomington, IL. Seats are still available for applicators and producers interested in attending.

The comprehensive, two-day course will cover these topics:

  • reducing or eliminating off-target applications due to spray drift;
  • the differences in tank additives;
  • proper cleanout techniques;
  • the importance of recordkeeping;
  • reading and understanding product labels;
  • self-protection in emergencies;
  • how to safely travel on roads; and
  • how to assess and choose a drift management strategy based on individual field situations.

“The off-season is an ideal time for applicators to refresh their skills and knowledge about the rapidly changing weed and insect control products, methods and technologies,” says David Webster, director, AGCO Application Division. “Between the increasing number of producers using field-by-field fertilizer prescriptions and the updated regulations for applying agricultural crop protection and crop nutrient products, continuing education helps even experienced applicators stay abreast of all changes.”

AGCO and Asmark also offer an applicator training course for those with less than three years of experience. The beginning applicator classes are held June through September at the Applicator Training Center in Bloomington, IL, which opened in June 2017 through collaboration between the two organizations.

For more information about the Experienced Applicator Training Course or to register online, click here. Registration is open for the February experienced operator course as well as the course for beginning operators.

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