Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service webinar, “Selecting Herbicides for Aquatic Vegetation Control,” will cover a range of topics to provide landowners a better understanding for making pond management decisions.

The one-hour, how-to educational webinar will begin at 6 p.m.March 21. Registration is $35 at tx.ag/SelectingAquaticHerbicides. Registration closes March 19.

One general Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education unit is available for this course.

Once payment is received, an email will be sent that includes a receipt, registration confirmation and instructions for accessing the webinar. 

Selecting herbicides for effective treatment

Brittany Chesser, AgriLife Extension aquatic vegetation management program specialist and lead diagnostic scientist at AgriLife Extension’s Aquatic Diagnostics Laboratory, Bryan-College Station, will lead the webinar.

Chesser said the program will cover 15 aquatically approved herbicides, their common uses, modes of action, and differences between terrestrial herbicides to help landowners select the correct product.

Understanding how these herbicides work is important once landowners have identified the aquatic vegetation they are planning to control.

“The main point is to help landowners choose the correct herbicide based on site-specific factors that can impact the efficacy of some aquatic herbicides,” she said. “This webinar will hopefully help them save some money and be more effective with their management efforts.”

Some aquatic herbicides can be impacted by factors like water chemistry, temperature and muddiness, Chesser said. Understanding the basic modes of action will give landowners an idea of how the herbicides move through plants and how or when to apply.

Answering questions related to selecting herbicides

Chesser said the program will cover commonly asked questions like, “Will it hurt my fish?” or “Can I still eat the fish?” The webinar will also cover various types of permitting landowners may need for aquatic vegetation management in lakes and ponds.

“This isn’t going to be a chemistry lesson,” Chesser said. “But the webinar will help attendees know how to apply herbicides more effectively once they’ve correctly identified what they are trying to control.”

Chesser will be joined by Todd Sink, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension aquaculture specialist and director of the AgriLife Extension Aquatic Diagnostics Lab, Bryan-College Station.

A 30-minute question-and-answer session will follow the program.

Adam Russell is a communication specialist for Texas A&M AgriLife. Adam is responsible for writing news releases and feature articles focused on Texas A&M AgriLife Extension programs and science-based information generated by Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists across the state. He also generates the weekly Texas Crop and Weather Report and handles public and media relations.
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