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Turf and Ornamental Pest Management Short Course

Friday, February 16, 2024
MSU Extension-Lafayette County          or
70 FD “Buddy” East Parkway
Oxford, Mississippi  38655

Thursday, February 29, 2024
MSU Extension-Forrest County
952 Sullivan Drive
Hattiesburg, Mississippi  39401

The Turf and Ornamental Pest Management Short Course provides professional pest management training and updates for owners, managers, technicians, workers, salespersons, certified applicators, and others working in turf and ornamental pest control (weeds, diseases and/or insects). 

This includes persons who do not have a professional license but work in the turf and ornamental plant industry and need to know more about the insect, disease, and weed pests they are likely to encounter. 

Participants may also receive recertification credit in: Horticulture Weed Control license (HCW); Horticulture Pest Control license (HCP); Turf and Ornamentals Commercial Applicator Certificate (Category III); Demonstration and Research Pest Control Certificate (Category X).  (Check you card to see when your license or certification expires.  Recertification may occur up to 1 year before expiration).

This is a one-day face-to-face training with three hours of training in the morning, a one-hour break for lunch (provided on-site), and 3 hours of training in the afternoon (5-6 training hours).


Benefits of participation


  • Discipline-focused pest management training on weed, disease, and insect pests
  • Training refresher and enhancement for experienced employees, managers, and owners
  • Initial training for new employees
  • Training for persons preparing to take license exams
  • Pesticide Safety Training
  • Recertification for commercial Horticulture Weed Control license (HWP).
  • Recertification for commercial Horticulture Pest Control license (HCP).
  • Recertification for certified commercial Turf and Ornamental applicators (Category III).
  • Recertification for Research and Demonstration Pest Control Certificate (Category X).

Topics Covered

  • Weed Control in Turfgrasses
  • Disease Pests of Turfgrass
  • Insect Pests of Turfgrasses
  • Pesticide Safety
  • Regulatory Issues
  • Weed Control in Ornamental Plants
  • Disease Pests of Ornamental Plants
  • Insect Pests of Ornamental Plants

Turf and Ornamental Pest Control Short Course

Two Locations: Oxford on February 16    or    Hattiesburg February 29, 2024

No Registration Fee, but must register to reserve your seat and meal

  • Begins: 9:00 AM
  • Lunch provided on site
  • Ends: 4:00 PM  
  • Enrollment Limited to 60 attendees at Oxford, 100 attendees at Hattiesburg
  • Be sure to provide license number/card number if taking for recertification
  • You will receive and e-mail confirming your registration
  • If you have problems registering, please call 662-325-3226

Cancellation?: Please call 662-325-2960 and let us know, so we can release your seat

For questions, contact Blake Layton at 662-325-2960 or

Agenda: Turf and Ornamental Pest Control Short Course


Resources and Literature:

Weeds and Weed Control

Weed Control Guidelines

2017 Southeastern US Pest Control Guide for Nursery Crops and Landscape Plantings | NC State Extension Publications (

Virginia Buttonweed Control

Lespedeza Control in Maintained Turfgrass

Annual Bluegrass Control in Mississippi Sod Production

Preventing and Managing Herbicide-Resistant Weeds in Turfgrass

Dollarweed Control in Mississippi Lawns and Ornamentals

Tips for Treating Lawn Burweed

Plant Diseases and Disease Control

Large (Brown) Patch of Warm-Season Turfgrasses Publication Number: P3743

Take-All Disease of Turfgrasses  Publication Number: P2384  

Dollar Spot of Warm-Season Turf Grasses Publication Number: P3750  

Diseases and Disorders of Leyland Cypress Publication Number: P3621

Common Landscape Herbicides and Their Effects on Trees   Publication Number: P3273

Plant Diseases and Nematode Diagnostics Services (including forms for submission)

MSU Extension Information Sheet 1663,  The Plant Doctor: Cold Injury

MSU Extension Publication 2828, Cold Injury to Palms

Insects and Insect Control

MSU Fire Ant Web Site

MSU-ES Publication 2429, Control Fire Ants in Your Yard

MSU-ES Publication 1858, Insect Control in Commercial Turf

MSU-ES Publication 2331, Control Insect Pests in and around the Home Lawn

MSU-ES Publication 2369, Insect Pests of Ornamental Plants in the Home Landscape

MSU-ES Publication 2938, Crape Myrtle Bark Scale Identification and Control

Bug’s Eye View Newsletter (200+ archived articles, many on turf and ornamental pests)

Insect Identification Service  (no fee for insect identification)

BugWise Newsletter, No. 1, 2012, Granulate Ambrosia Beetle


MDAC Bureau of Plant Industry Web Site


Turf and Ornamental Pest Management Short Course

February, 2024

  • 9:00 AM           Introduction and Housekeeping
  • 9:05                 Disease Pests of Turfgrass, Dr. Alan Henn, MSU-ES
  • 9:50                 Key Insect Pests of Turfgrass, Dr. Blake Layton, MSU-ES
  • 10:30               BREAK
  • 10:40               Pesticide Safety! Mr. Gene Merkl, MSU-ES
  • 11:20               Turfgrass Weed Control, Dr. Jay McCurdy, MSU-ES
  • 12:00               LUNCH BREAK
  • 1:00 PM          Disease Pests of Ornamental Plants, Dr. Alan Henn, MSU-ES
  • 1:40                 Weed Control in Ornamental Plants, Dr. John Byrd, MSU-ES
  • 2:20                 BREAK
  • 2:30                 Key Insect Pests of Ornamental Plants, Dr. Blake Layton, MSU-ES
  • 3:10                 Regulatory Issues for T&O Applicators, Mr. Russell Kohler, MDAC-BPI
  • 3:50                 Evaluation and Recertification
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