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Weed Management - Principles and Practices

    Why study Weed Management – Principles and Practices?

    With the need to produce food for an ever growing population, we can ill afford that valuable soil, moisture and fertiliser be used by weeds at the expense of crops. Management of weeds is therefore a critical factor in the success of high yielding crop production.

    Weed management is most successful when it involves an integrated approach, using the application of many types of technology and supportive knowledge in the selection, integration and implementation of effective weed control strategies. Consideration of the economic, ecological and sociological consequences is also essential for effective weed management. This short learning programme covers the basic principles and practices required to make effective, economical, responsible and legal recommendations for the use of herbicides for an effective, integrated weed management programme.

    How will you benefit from studying this short learning programme?

    The purpose of this programme is introduce learners to the knowledge, tools and techniques needed to manage an integrated weed management programme successfully throughout the life cycle of an agricultural crop. Participants to this programme will explore the various methods available for weed control including the use of chemical weed control. Participants will also examine actual case studies and have an opportunity to discuss possible solutions to weed control problems that have been experienced in real-world farming enterprises.

    After completion of this short learning programme you will be able to:

    • Understand the various ways in which weeds can impact on crop production and profitability
    • Learn about the biology of weeds including aspects such as life cycles, identification, distribution and seed production
    • Understand what knowledge is required to manage weeds in an integrated weed management programme
    • Learn about the various factors that can affect the selectivity of herbicides and their safety to the crop
    • Understand the criteria on which herbicide recommendations are based
    • Understand how the absorption of herbicides takes place and the translocation thereof within the plant
    • Understand the various factors influencing the efficacy of herbicides in order to explain possible non-performance
    • Get to know the various herbicide groups and key herbicides in the most important groups
    • Learn about the importance of herbicide degradation in the soil, the factors that determine the nature and rate of degradation and how they influence herbicidal efficacy and the risk of carry-over to sensitive crops
    • Find out how herbicide resistance develops and how it can be curtailed through integrated weed management


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    3 days

    • Option 1: 17 - 19 July 2018 (Kempton Park)
    • Option 2: 20 – 22 June 2018 (Somerset West, W. Cape)

    MSA Competency based short learning programme

    Who should attend

    This programme will be of value to people involved in agriculture who are running their own businesses, agents, independent consultants or farm managers. If you are managing a weed control programme in a farming enterprise, making recommendations to the owner or manager of a farming enterprise as a crop protection agent or if you are looking to become a crop protection consultant, then this programme will form the basis of a lifelong learning experience in integrated weed management.

    Entry requirements
    • Senior Certificate or equivalent NQF level 4 qualification with appropriate experience and a basic knowledge of biology and an interest in agriculture.
    Assessment to determine competence:
    • Group case studies during the presentation of the course
    • Written assessment at the end of the course
    About the course facilitator

    Mr John MacIntyre holds a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Botany, from the University of Natal (1973).

    He began his career in 1974 in Product Development for the Company Triomf Crop Protection in Nelspruit. In 1977 he joined a well-known, multinational crop protection company where he worked in several management positions, including Regional Technical Manager in the Eastern Region where he was responsible for Kwazulu Natal and the eastern Highveld of Mpumalanga and Gauteng.  After spending 6 years as the Regional Manager in the Western Cape, he was transferred to the company’s Head Office in Johannesburg as National Sales Manager.

    In 2003 he left the multinational company after 25 years of service and joined Villa Crop Protection as Marketing Manager.

    He is well known amongst the sales agents within the crop protection industry for his extensive knowledge of crop protection, especially in the field of weed control.

    John retired in March 2016 after reaching the age of 65 and is currently employed on a contract basis to Villa Crop Protection providing technical back up to the company.

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