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WEED CONTROL BHT209

Duration (approx) 100 hours
Qualification Statement of Attainment

Learn How to Identify and Control Weeds

  • Understand effective methods of weed control.
  • Learn natural and chemical methods of weed control.
  • Improve your crops and gardens.
  • Study in your own time and at your own pace.
  • Taught by experts.


Learn to identify and effectively control weeds. You will learn about both chemical and non-chemical weed control methods (e.g. mulching, burning, slashing), plus the use of spray equipment and operating safety procedures which should be followed when using chemicals and equipment.

 

 

 

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Learn How to Identify and Control Weeds

This course provides valuable learning for land managers, farmers, gardeners, orchardists, market gardeners, landscapers, spray contractors, nurserymen or anone else concerned with the control of weeds.

COURSE STRUCTURE AND CONTENT
Course Duration: 100 hours.

Start Date: Start at any time - study at a pace that suits you, and with full tutor support for the duration of your studies.

Lessons: The course comprises 8 lessons as outlined, below.

Lesson 1.  Weed Identification
Review of the system of plant identification, general characteristics of the weeds, further information, contacts, etc.

Lesson 2.  Weed Control Methods
Practical research on management of weeds, understanding terminology and the use of mulches.

Lesson 3.  Chemical Weed Control
Review of commercial and domestic herbicides, determining what differentiates them, their availability and use.

Lesson 4.  Weed Control In Specific Situations
Understanding weed control strategies for particular situations, accessing first hand information about weed control from industry leaders and determining a weed control program for five different sites.

Lesson 5.  Safe Chemical Application
Reviewing what types of chemicals and application methods are used in the industry and the required safety procedures for the handling and administrating chemical herbicides.

Lesson 6.  Non-Chemical Weed Control
Determining any detrimental effects chemical herbicides have on the environment, reviewing non-chemical applications and their effectiveness.

Lesson 7.  Dealing With Specific Weed Control Problems
Looking at current industry practices for weed control and the effects on the environment, in relation to specific weed control problems.

Lesson 8.  Developing A Major Weed Control Program
A practical lesson where the student can fully demonstrate their understanding of weed control by devising a weed management plan for a designated area.

 
LEARNING AIMS

  • Distinguish between different types of weeds, and identify common weed species, growing in your locality.
  • Explain the characteristics of different weed control methods.
  • Explain the use of chemical herbicides to control weeds.
  • Specify appropriate weed control methods, for different types of situations.
  • Determine appropriate techniques for the safe application of chemical herbicide in a specific situation.
  • Explain different non-chemical weed control methods.
  • Devise appropriate methods for control of weeds, for specific problems, in both the horticultural and agricultural industries
  • Determine a detailed weed control program for a significant weed problem.


 
EXAMPLES OF WHAT YOU MAY DO IN THIS COURSE

  • Observe and consider over 100 different varieties of weeds and prepare plant review sheets for different weed plants.
  • Make up a list of information resources.
  • Plant, grow and observe different varieties of weeds.
    make drawings of young seedlings of at least fifteen different weeds.
  • Interview people who have to deal with weed control in their daily life.
  • Visit a nursery, garden shop or hardware store that sells herbicides to the public.
  • Visit at least one supplier of herbicides for industrial and agricultural use.
  • Contact larger chemical companies for leaflets on different herbicides.
  • Investigate at least two workplaces where weed control programs are regularly carried out.
  • Visit and inspect different sites where weeds are a problem.
  • Photograph different places that have been treated with weedicides.
  • Contact your local Department of Agriculture or Lands Department for researching purposes.
  • Visit several farmers who raise different types of livestock.
  • Develop a 12 month guideline for an integrated weed control program for a particular site.


 
HOW THE COURSE WORKS
You can start the Weed Control course at any time.

It is studied by distance learning, so you can study in the comfort of your own home. But this doesn't mean you are all alone in your studies.  Our highly qualified and friendly tutors are there to help you every step of the way.  If you have any questions at all, they are always happy to help.

Each lesson includes set tasks, and is completed with an assignment which the student submits to their course tutor.  The tutor will mark the assignment and return this to the student with comments and suggestions for further reading.


WHY CHOOSE ACS?

  • Our courses are written and taught by experienced professionals, so you know you can expect a high quality of teaching and support.
  • You can start the course at any time and study at your own pace.
  • Fit your studies around your own busy lifestyle - we provide full tutor support for all the time you are studying.
  • Study where you want to - online studies offer the flexibility for you to determine where and when you study.


 


ANY QUESTIONS?
Please, contact us - use our FREE COURSE COUNSELLING SERVICE to get in touch with our specialist tutors.  Choosing the right course is important and they are there to help and advise you in making the right choice.



How Weedicides Work
There are a number of ways in which weedicides act on plants. Examples of these include:

Disruption of Cellular Membranes
These are fast acting weedicides, causing the cells of the plant to rupture, similar to what naturally occurs during a heavy frost. As the cells have been affected, they cannot continue to function properly, and die quickly. Weedicides that function this way include Paraquat, Diquat and petroleum oil based weedicides.

Auxin Effect
auxin is a growth hormone, and in the case of these types of weedicides, they cause the plant to grow very quickly. The rate of growth causes the plant to become distorted and eventually to die, usually in about 14 days. Depending on the type of chemical used, the growth can occur in either the leaves or the roots of the plant. Weedicides that function this way include 2,4-D and Modown.

Metabolic
These weedicides affect the metabolism of the plant. Some types promote the plants metabolism, causing it to grow quickly and as a result, causing other natural functions of the plant to slow down. (It is different from the Auxin effect, which promotes growth to distort the plant. The quick growth with metabolic chemicals allows the chemical to attack and slow down other growth functions). Some types of metabolic weedicides inhibit the functions of the plant, without causing any quick growth. Some inhibit protein synthesis or root growth, while others inhibit the plant growth. Weedicides that function through metabolic means include arsenic based types, Roundup, Carbyne and Sutan.

Photosynthesis
These weedicides act on the plant's ability to photosynthesize. Weedicides that function this way include Lorox, Sencor, Probe and Weedazol.

Not all weedicides work on all types of plants. The chemical structure of the weedicide changes when it makes contact with the plant. Some plants can inactivate a weedicide and therefore are not affected by it. Other plants will absorb or react to the weedicide, causing the plant to die. This is the reason why some chemicals are selective in what they will kill and others are non-selective.


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Alison Pearce (animal)B.Sc.(Hons) in Animal Science. Masters Degree in Ecotourism. P.G.Cert. Ed. (Science). Alison's first job was in 1982 as a stockwoman, working with pigs in Yorkshire. Within a few years she of that she was working for the University of Western Australia as a Research Technician and instructor with their school of Agricultural Science.In 1989 she moved to Melbourne University as Unit Manager and Instructor in Animal Husbandry. By the mid 1990's she moved back to England to work in Animal Care and Veterinary Nursing at Cambridgeshire College of Agriculture. Throughout her career, Alison has developed and delivered courses in veterinary nursing and animal sciences for vocational colleges and universities in Australia, New Zealand and Australia. She has built a high level of expertise and an outstanding international reputation as an expert in animal sciences.
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Diana Cole (Horticulturist)Horticulturist, Permaculturist, Landscaper, Environmentalist. Holds a Diploma in Horticulture, degree in geography, permaculture certificate and various other qualifications. Between 1985 and 94, Diana was a task leader with the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers. Since 2001 she has been chairperson of the Friends of Mellor Park (with Stockport MDC). From 2005 she has worked exclusively in horticulture as proprietor of her own garden design and consultancy business in and around Derbyshire; and at the same time as part time manager of a small garden centre. Diana has been an enthusiastic and very knowledgeable tutor with ACS since 2008.
Yvonne Sharpe (Horticulturist)Started gardening in 1966, studied a series of horticulture qualifications throughout the 1980's and 90's, culminating in an RHS Master of Horticulture. Between 89 and 1994, she worked teaching in horticultural therapy. Founded the West Herts Garden Association in 1990 and exhibited at Chelsea Flower Show in 1991. In 1994, Yvonne joined the staff at Oaklands College, and between 1996 and 2000 was coordinator for all Amenity Horticulture courses at that college. Since leaving Oakland she has been active as a horticultural consultant, retail garden centre proprietor and sessional lecturer (across many colleges in southern England). In 2000, she also completed a Diploma in Management.


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