More than 700 growers have successfully graduated from Greenhouse Training Online courses offered by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The program’s latest course on weed management is designed for growers with some experience and training in the U.S. or other countries. The course is offered in English and Spanish.
Participants will learn how to manage all aspects of weed management in nurseries and greenhouses, including weed identification, developing herbicide programs, and the latest non-chemical methods of weed control. They will learn how potting media, irrigation, and fertilization impact weed growth and herbicide performance; how to accurately calibrate sprayers and granular application equipment; and how to avoid crop injury from herbicide applications.
Here are the specific topics for each lesson:
1. Weed identification, biology, and life cycle impacts on control
2. Preemergence herbicides and programs
3. Postemergence herbicides and programs
4. Calibration and application
5. Non-chemical methods of weed control in nursery and greenhouse production
6. Impact of production practices on weed control and herbicide efficacy
7. Managing difficult and unique weed control issues
8. Herbicide modes of action, rotations, and scheduling for the best control
The course runs for four weeks, from October 24 to November 18, 2016. It costs $200 per participant, and includes a personalized certificate of completion. Each week there are two streaming video lessons, readings, and assignments (about three to four hours total commitment per week), that can be accessed at any time of day.