Posts Tagged ‘advanced entomology training’

In case you are wondering what is happening with the field work…  We just have two sites left to plant.  Now we are waiting for the weather to warm up so the rice can grow.  Some of the fields will be flushed soon, if not already, to help things along.

Now on to the meat of this post.  We have compiled the results of the Advanced Entomology Training Evaluations.  55 people attending the training, these included County Agents, Certified Crop Advisors, rice farmers, and chemical distributors.

Participants in the training completed and pre and post-test to assess knowledge gained during the training.  One evaluation device asked them to self-assess their level of knowledge in 12 knowledge areas (Table 1).  48 of 55 participants completed the pre and post-test.  The following table reports the percentage of respondents that rated their level of knowledge as high to very highPre is the self-assessment before the training.  Post is the self-assessment after the training.  Change reports the improvement in knowledge level before and after the training. 

Table 1. Knowledge area, self-assessment before (Pre) and after (Post) participating in advanced entomology training. The value reported is the percentage of respondents that rated their level of knowledge as high to very high.

Knowledge Area Pre Post Change
Identification of common rice insect pests. 25.6 68.4 42.8
How insects damage the rice crop. 37.2 89.5 52.3
Management practices for common rice insect pests. 41.9 84.2 42.3
How to read an insecticide label. 67.4 71.1 3.7
Factors that influence the choice of insecticides. 34.9 76.3 41.4
Management of insecticide resistance. 30.2 81.6 51.4
IRAC codes & their use. 0 27.0 27
The various insecticides available for use in rice insect pest management. 37.2 76.3 39.1
Insect life cycles. 14.0 68.4 54.4
Mode of action of the insecticides commonly used in rice production. 11.6 63.2 51.6
Spectrum of activity of the insecticides commonly used in rice production. 14.0 55.3 41.3
Insect internal anatomy. 4.7 36.8 32.1

 A series of 12 multiple-choice questions was also included in the pre and post-test to assess actual change in knowledge of participants.  The average score on the pre-test was 53.4%.  The average score on the post-test was 85.9%.  There was an average improvement in test score of 32.5% after completing the training.  We also provided space on the post-test for some feedback about the training.  This information is being used to design future trainings.  Following are a few statements from participants in the training:

What did you think was the most informative/valuable part of this training?

 “Which seed treatments to choose from and why we need to choose a particular one from the other.”

“The speaker’s knowledge.”

“Understanding how insecticide affects the insects.”

“Was very well planned and presented.”

“It all tied together very well, each part was informative.”

“Insecticide MOA and classes- it was new to me.”

“All of the training was valuable, life cycle training was very good.”

“Not to use the same chemistry of insecticides if you have a failure.”

“How each different chemical works and how the insects react to different chemicals.”

“Insect ID and pesticide use to control rice pests.”

“Best presentations ever.”

“The effectiveness of different seed treatments and what they control. The timing of application of pyrethroids in controlling adult weevils.”

“Background information on entomology and modes of action of insecticides.”

“Naming and classification of insects.”

What subjects would you like to learn about in future trainings?

Updates on recent research efforts, similar to this presentation.

More on toxicology, more about rice growth stages.

More effective means of using pesticide.

More on insect identification.

More on endocrine and digestive physiology of insects.

How insecticides affect the insects.

More on different classes of chemicals.

Life cycles.

Was this training a valuable use of your time?        

All participants reported that this was a valuable use of their time.  Here are a few reasons why:

yes, good information on how to use insecticides.

yes, it was a refresher and taught me some things I didn’t know.

yes, learned practical use of pest management.

yes, this was something I have received little training in. It was some of the best instruction I have ever received.

yes, this training went over info that we don’t get much training on.

yes, we need continuous education, things change all the time.

yes, humbling experience!!

yes, Very different approach than most training.

yes, improved my understanding of “why” things happen, instead of just how, and this helps me translate this to growers.

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Thanks to all who attended the training.  We had about 55 participants.  If you would like a copy of your pre and post-test, drop me an e-mail and I will send it to you.

The presentations have been posted to a website for viewing and downloading purposes.  The links are listed below by speaker:

Dr. Johnny Saichuk, LSU AgCenter, Rice Research Station


Dr. Chris Carlton, LSU AgCenter Department of Entomology


Dr. Natalie Hummel, LSU AgCenter Department of Entomology


Dr. Jim Ottea, LSU AgCenter Department of Entomology


Dr. Michael Stout, LSU AgCenter Department of Entomology


The videostream of the presentation has also been posted online.

You may need to download a plug-in for the files to run on your computer.

I would like to once again thank our sponsors for the meals and door prize: Dupont, FMC, Syngenta, and Valent.  We are also grateful for the assistance of Mr. John Fontane and Mr. Rustin Gilder who helped to organize the training.

We look forward to doing this again next year.  Please send suggestions for topics.

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I want to clarify that the training on Monday, March 1 will be held at the LSU AgCenter Acadia Parish office.  For directions to the office, you can see the following links:

Directions to Acadia Parish office from I-10 East

Directions to Acadia Parish office from I-10 West

The following distance ed sites will be available to view the advanced rice entomology training on Monday, March 1, 2010.  I would encourage you to attend the training in person if at all possible.  The training will be catered to the in-person audience and we will not be taking questions from the distance audience, or stopping the presentations if the video-feed is lost at a remote site. We will be on a tight schedule.  The presentations will also be video-recorded and posted at a later date.

LSU AgCenter offices at the following locations are reserved for 8:30 am to 1 pm on Monday, Mar 1, 2010:

Acadia Auditorium (host)-confirmed
Dean Lee 2-confirmed
Knapp 102-confirmed
Red River-confirmed
W. Carroll-confirmed

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It's just about time to plant, but here is one more training opportunity before the wheels start rolling for the season.

Preparations are complete for the advanced rice entomology training at the Acadia Parish Extension office on Monday, March 1, 2010.  Please click on the following link to download the presentation:


You are encouraged to print out and bring a copy of this presentation to make it easier to take notes during the training.

Just a brief recap of the agenda for Monday.

Location: Acadia Parish Office (click here for a google map)

157 Cherokee Drive
Crowley, LA 70526-3170
(337) 788-8821

Date: Monday, March 1, 2010

Time: 8:30 am kick-off with introductions

Concludes at 12:30 pm with a lunch graciously provided by our sponsors:

–Toby McCown  (Dupont)
–Henry Stefanski (FMC)
–Josh Zaunbrecher (Syngenta)

There will also be a door prize for the person who has the highest score on the post-test.

I look forward to seeing y’all on Monday.

Shoot me an e-mail if you have trouble downloading the file: nhummel@agcenter.lsu.edu

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