University of Florida

AOM 5334C
Agricultural Chemical Application Technology

Semester Taught - Fall

Catalog Description

Credits: 3

Equipment and methods used to apply pesticides in agriculture. Emphasis on techniques to avoid misapplication and pesticide drift.



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.


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

Material/Supply Fees


Class Materials Required


Private Applicator Agricultural Pest Control SM-53, by T. W. Dean and O. N. Nesheim, University of Florida, IFAS, Cooperative Extension Service, 1996.

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

Course Outline


Lecture Topics
Pest Identification Pest Management
Pesticides Pesticide Laws
Application Equipment Sprayer Components
Granular Applicators Equipment Calibration
Pesticide Safety Aerial Application
Tree Crop Spraying Spray Drift
Variable Rate Application (VRA)  

Laboratory Topics
General Purpose Boom Sprayers Nozzles
Calibration Pumps
Aerial Application Granular Application
Variable Rate Application (VRA) Air Blast Sprayer

Attendance in lecture and laboratory is required.


Course grade is based on the following items:

  1. Participation in class and laboratory sessions
  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 not be graded. The real 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 the test and 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 third test (which serves as the final exam) could have problems similar to those on the two previous tests, but any verbal questions will come from the material covered after the second test.

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

Grading Scale
A 91-100% C 71-75%
B+ 86-90% D+ 66-70%
B 81-85% D 61-65%
C+ 76-80% E <61%
Grading Method Weight
Tests (3) each 25%
Quiz 10%
Homework 5%
Lab assignment 5%
Attendance and participation in lab 5%

Academic Honesty

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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:  

UF Counseling Services

Resources are available on-campus for students having personal problems or lacking clear career and academic goals which interfere with their academic performance. These resources include:

  1. University Counseling Center, 301 Peabody Hall, 392-1575, personal and career counseling;
  2. Student Mental Health, Student Health Care Center, 392-1171, personal counseling;
  3. Center for Sexual Assault/Abuse Recovery and Education (CARE), Student Health Care Center, 392-1161, sexual assault counseling;
  4. Career Resource Center, Reitz Union, 392-1601, career development assistance and counseling.