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Short Course

Turf and Ornamental Pest Management Short Course

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 (All day)

MSU Extension- Forrest County
952 Sullivan Drive
Hattiesburg, Mississippi 39401-2714

The Turf and Ornamental Pest Management Short Course provides professional pest management training for owners, managers, technicians, workers, salespersons, certified applicators, and others working in turf and ornamental pest control.

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). (Check your card to see when your license or certification expires. Recertification may occur up to 1 year before expiration.)

This training is co-sponsored by the Mississippi State University Extension Service and the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce/Bureau of Plant Industry.


Forrest County Extension Office, Hattiesburg, MS
952 Sullivan Drive
Hattiesburg, MS  39401-2714


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).

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

February 15, 2023, (Registration closes Feb. 10, 2023)

  • Begins: 9:00 AM Wednesday, February 15, 2023
  • Lunch provided on-site
  • Ends: 4:00 PM
  • Location: Forrest County Extension Office, 952 Sullivan Dr., Hattiesburg, MS
  • Enrollment Limited to 100 attendees
  • Registration Fee:   $30 Participation only (no recertification credit, lunch provided).
  • $130 if taking for recertification (be sure to give license/card number)
  • Payable online by credit card
  • Be sure to provide license number/card number if taking for recertification

Registration Link 

You will receive an e-mail confirming your registration.
If you have problems registering, please call 662-325-3226

Agenda: Turf and Ornamental Pest Control Short Course

Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancel 7+ days before the webinar to receive full refund.
  • Cancel less than 7 days before event, registration fee minus $30.00 charge

$100 will be refunded for recertification registrations.

No refund for participation only registration if less than 7 days before event.

For questions, contact Beverly Catchot at 662-325-0795 or

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 15, 2023

Forrest County Extension Office Hattiesburg, MS

  • 9:00 AM     Introduction and Housekeeping
  • 9:05            Disease Pests of Turfgrass, Dr. Alan Henn, MSU-ES
  • 9:50            Insect Pests of Turfgrass, Dr. Blake Layton, MSU-ES
  • 10:30          BREAK
  • 10:40          Pesticide Safety!
  • 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            Insect Pests of Ornamental Plants, Dr. Blake Layton, MSU-ES
  • 3:10            Regulatory Issues for Turf and Ornamental Pest Control, MDAC-BPI
  • 3:50            Evaluation and Recertification
Department: Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology, Plant and Soil Sciences
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Portrait of Dr. Blake Layton, Jr.
Extension Professor
Entomology; extension insect identification; fire ants; termites; insect pests in the home, lawn and