University of Florida

AOM 3333
Pesticide Application Technology

Semester Taught - Fall

Catalog Description

Credits: 3

Equipment and methods used to apply pesticides in agriculture. Techniques used to avoid misapplication, a common cause of pesticide failures, are emphasized.



Course Objectives

Familiarize students with agricultural pests and the measures for controlling them. Special emphasis will be placed on using the proper equipment and techniques for applying pesticides. The course also prepares students to take Florida state pesticide license core and private applicator category exams.


Dr. Wonsuk "Daniel" Lee
Office location: 227 Rogers Hall
Telephone: 352-392-1864 x 227

Material/Supply Fees


Class Materials Required


Private Applicator Agricultural Pest Control - 2nd Edition, by Fred Fishel, University of Florida, IFAS, Communication Services, 2008.

Course Web Sites and Course lecture notes will be available in this WebCT course web site.

Course Outline

Pest Identification Pumps
Nozzles and flow rate formula Granule applicators and calibration
Sprayer components Spray drift
Calibration of farm sprayers Aquatic weed control
Pesticide formulation and arithmetic Aerial application
Variable rate application (VRA)  


General Purpose Boom Sprayers Airblast Sprayer
Nozzles and spray patterns Pumps
Sprayer calibration Granular Application
Different types of sprayers Aerial application
Variable Rate Application (VRA)  

Attendance in lecture and laboratory is required.


A C- will not be a qualifying grade for critical tracking courses.  In order to graduate, students must have an overall GPA and an upper-division GPA of 2.0 or better (C or better).  Note: a C- average is equivalent to a GPA of 1.67, and therefore, it does not satisfy this graduation requirement.  For more information on grades and grading policies, please visit:

Course grade is based on the following items

  1. Participation in class and laboratory, and lab assignment.
  2. Quizzes - Approximately 6 to 8 quizzes will be given at random during the semester. The lowest one will be dropped. Quizzes cannot be made up.
  3. Homework – Approximately 4 sets of problems related to the calibration of pesticides application equipment will be assigned. The problems will be similar to calibration problems given on the tests. Homework should be turned in, but will be self-graded. The benefit from doing the assigned homework will come from knowing how to do the quizzes and tests that account for 10% and 75% of the course grade, respectively. Anyone not doing the homework will be at a hopeless disadvantage. Equipment calibration problems similar to the homework will be heavily emphasized on the tests. Tests and homework must be done in pencil and in a neat and orderly manner! The support numbers needed to arrive at the problem answer must be shown on homework paper.
  4. Tests – There will be three (3) tests. There will not be a comprehensive final examination given in this course to cover all of the material covered during the semester. The test could have calculation problems similar to those in the previous test(s), but any verbal questions will be tested only once.

You are required to bring a calculator to every class during the whole semester (Math Agent).

Grading Scale
A 91-100%   C 71-73%
A- 87-90%   C- 67-70%
B+ 84-86%   D+ 64-66%
B 81-83%   D 61-63%
B- 77-80%   D- 57-60%
C+ 74-76%   E <57%
Grading Method Weight
Tests (3) each 25%
Quiz 10%
Homework 5%
Lab assignment 5%
Attendance and participation in lab 5%

Academic Honesty

As a student at the University of Florida, you have committed yourself to uphold the Honor Code, which includes the following pledge: “We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.”  You are expected to exhibit behavior consistent with this commitment to the UF academic community, and on all work submitted for credit at the University of Florida, the following pledge is either required or implied: "On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment." 
It is assumed that you will complete all work independently in each course unless the instructor provides explicit permission for you to collaborate on course tasks (e.g. assignments, papers, quizzes, exams). Furthermore, as part of your obligation to uphold the Honor Code, you should report any condition that facilitates academic misconduct to appropriate personnel. It is your individual responsibility to know and comply with all university policies and procedures regarding academic integrity and the Student Honor Code.  Violations of the Honor Code at the University of Florida will not be tolerated. Violations will be reported to the Dean of Students Office for consideration of disciplinary action. For more information regarding the Student Honor Code, please see:  

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities

The Disability Resource Center coordinates the needed accommodations of students with disabilities. This includes registering disabilities, recommending academic accommodations within the classroom, accessing special adaptive computer equipment, providing interpretation services and mediating faculty-student disability related issues.

0001 Reid Hall, 352-392-8565,  

Software Use

All faculty, staff and student of the University are required and expected to obey the laws and legal agreements governing software use. Failure to do so can lead to monetary damages and/or criminal penalties for the individual violator. Because such violations are also against University policies and rules, disciplinary action will be taken as appropriate. We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to uphold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.

Campus Helping Resources

Students experiencing crises or personal problems that interfere with their general well-being are encouraged to utilize the university’s counseling resources. The Counseling & Wellness Center provides confidential counseling services at no cost for currently enrolled students. Resources are available on campus for students having personal problems or lacking clear career or academic goals, which interfere with their academic performance.

  • University Counseling & Wellness Center, 3190 Radio Road, 352-392-1575,

    Counseling Services
    Groups and Workshops
    Outreach and Consultation
    Self-Help Library
    Training Programs
    Community Provider Database

  • Career Resource Center, First Floor JWRU, 392-1601,