District 1 Spring Newsletter

Dear District 1 Private Applicators,

While much of Montana is still under snow we are starting to experience the first signs of spring. This is a great time to start thinking about preparing your pesticide application equipment for summer. Look out for any wearing or breakage, replace any damaged or worn parts and calibrate your equipment. For more information on calibration see our MontGuide Calibrating Ground Sprayers Using Shortcut Methods, or see the Spring Preparation of Spray Equipment article in the Spring 2012 IPM Bulletin (page 6 and 7).

Paraquat Training Available

Recent measures passed by the EPA require applicators to have additional, specialized training when applying paraquat herbicides. This training is now available online. All paraquat pesticide labels distributed from manufacturers will require this training by fall of 2019. Applicators must take the training every three years and retain proof of training during this time period. For more information please read our recent news article titled Paraquat Training Available for Pesticide Applicators. For information on other measures required when using paraquat read our news article titled Paraquat Mitigation Measures Approved by EPA.

New Record Keeping Manual

A new pesticide Record Keeping Manual is available for Montana private pesticide applicators. This manual is updated and includes all required information to meet USDA and Worker Protection Standard record keeping regulations. The manual is available from the MSU Extension Store for $6.

Upcoming Events in Northwest Montana (District 1)

The following list of private applicator events are hosted by various organizations in your district. Please use the provided contact information for each event to register and obtain more information. This list is not comprehensive and only represents a few currently approved courses. Courses are added as they are sent to the MDA for approval. Use the MDA Course Locator to search for more events.

  • 4/9/2019, Kalispell, Initial Private Applicator Training, 406-994-5178 (6 credits)
  • 4/10/2019, Plains, Initial Private Applicator Training, 406-994-5178 (6 credits)
  • 4/11/2019, Missoula, Initial Private Applicator Training, 406-994-5178 (6 credits)
  • 4/24/2019, Polson, Spring Recertification Training, 406-444-3732 (4 credits)
  • 5/22/2019, Ronan, 2019 MWCA Western Area Council Annual Crew Training, 406-777-5842 (5 credits)

Recent Publications and News Updates

News: Paraquat Training Available for Pesticide Applicators

News: IPM Bulletins

MontGuide: Structural and Rodent Fumigation in Montana Agricultural Systems

Manual: Pesticide Record Keeping Handbook & Calibration Guide for Private Applicators

Meet Your Extension Specialist: Dr. Jane Mangold, Invasive Plant Specialist

MSU Extension Specialists are experts in their field and are valuable resources for pesticide applicators and producers across Montana. 

Dr. Jane Mangold researches tools to manage invasive plants on rangeland in Montana. She can be contacted at (406) 994-5513 or jane.mangold@montana.edu. Information can also be found at www.msuinvasiveplants.org.


Private applicator District 1 recertification dates

Flathead | Lake | Lincoln | Mineral | Missoula | Ravalli | Sanders


MSU Extension Pesticide Education Program
P.O. Box 172900 Bozeman, MT 59717-2900
406-994-5067 or 406-994-5178