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Pesticide Topics

Provided below is a list of pesticide related resources for tree fruit horticulture grouped by topic. The links include information about Worker Safety, Maximum Residue Levels (MRL’s), and Pesticide Applicator Licensing and Testing, just to name a few. We have included, but do not maintain non-WSU sites, and are not responsible for keeping them up to date. If you discover any outdated or missing pages, please let us know using the contact form here.

Worker Safety

WSU Resources

Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA)

Washington State Department of Health

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Worker Protection Videos
Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) links
Maximum Residue Levels (MRL’s)

The Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission (WTFRC) conducted studies on Maximum Residue Levels (MRL’s) for pesticides beginning in 2011 in apple and cherry, as industry concerns with MRL’s compliance and export markets increased. The Pesticide residue study reports can be found using the links below.

Pesticide Applicator Licensing and Testing
  • WSDA Pesticide Licensing – Exams are given at the following sites; Olympia, Moses Lake, Everett, Spokane, Wenatchee, Yakima, and Longview. Study material is available in English and Spanish. Please check the site for testing dates, times, and further information.  (Accessed: 1/19/17).
  • Pesticide Training Materials – List of WSU Extension publications available for a fee; required for Pre-licensing training course.

Several WSU Cooperative Extension Offices administer the Private Applicator exam upon request. Contact WSDA or your local extension office for further information. Here are additional county links related to training.

Sprayer Use

Sprayer Use Resources

Trade Articles

Honey Bee Safety
Washington State University