The Arizona Crop Protection Association, in collaboration with the University of Arizona (UA), Arizona Pest Management Center, Arizona Department of Agriculture (ADA), and Western Growers Association, recently published a new Arizona pest control advisor study manual.

The manual is a significant revision and expansion of the previous manual published nearly 20 years ago.

The manual prepares pest control advisors (PCAs) for the state PCA licensing exam which has also been fully revised.

The central theme of the new manual is integrated crop management. Topics include pesticide laws and rules, equipment, food safety, invertebrate and vertebrate pests of agricultural crops, integrated pest management (IPM), resistance management, plant pathology, nematology, weed management, harvest aids, and plant growth regulators.

The manual is about 600 pages and comes bundled with a copy of the University of California publication, "IPM in Practice" (Flint & Gouveia, 2001).

Nearly 20 experts from the UA’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the ADA served as authors. Most sections of the manual were reviewed by practicing PCAs.

The manual is available for $75 from the Arizona Crop Protection Association at http://azcropprotection.com or by calling (602) 266-6147.