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2009 Commercial Applicator Certification Evaluation

Iowa State University Extension
Summary of data collected as of 9/01/2009
Total Responses: 1224

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Information that was presented
Excellent 
Good  
Fair  
Poor 
No
Response
1.  Rules Update
339
28%
781
64%
94
8%
8
1%
2
0%
2.  Road & Equipment Issues
357
29%
732
60%
107
9%
25
2%
3
0%
3. Hydrogen Sulfide Concerns
518
42%
596
49%
93
8%
10
1%
7
1%
4. Economics of Hauling Manure
403
33%
663
54%
121
10%
26
2%
11
1%
Overall Evaluation
  Agree
Undecided
Disagree
Does Not
Apply
No
Response
5.  The information presented today was useful to me as a commercial manure service representative?
986
81%
171
14%
32
3%
26
2%
9
1%
6.  The presenters were prepared and knowledgeable?
1050
86%
136
11%
25
2%
4
0%
9
1%
As a result of last year's program: (Do not answer if you did not attend)
I Adopted
I did not Adopt
Did not Apply
No
Response
 
7. Did you adopt a plan for spill response?
645
53%
95
8%
120
10%
364
30%
 
For completion by managers/owners only:  
Yes
No
No Response
 
8. Does your business take manure samples for producers?  
463
38%
127
10%
634
52%
 
9. Does your business discuss with producers pros/cons of using different types of manure application equipment to meet conservation requirements or to reduce the P-Index risk rating on a field receiving manure?  
383
31%
185
15%
656
54%
 
10. If the answer to question 9 was yes, do you or the producer make the necessary changes to meet conservation requirements or reduce the P-Index rating?  
361
94%
61
16%
802
209%
%age of those who said yes to qt. 9
 


Comments:

A lot of the charts were real fuzzy and could not read.

Can you apply or list a separate piece of paper concerning all the websites you show.  Can't write fast Thanks.

Could make presentation shorter and cut out some of the less related points.  Too much extra information.

Deal with hand washing before eating for parasite contamination exposure.

DNR needs to have a form for recording books. Keep for 3 years they would like to see.  What info do they need to keep? This doesn't need to be 3 hrs long!  Waste of time - -we are paying employees to come & watch this. Taking a test is not an option.

Don't own a computer.

Econ needed better more visible visual aids, already had a spill response in place.

Econ of hauling should not be discussed in this type of show.  Employees have no reason to know how much an employer makes.

Econ was a bit too detail and lost the crowd's attention.

Has obviously been thought of before this certification class.

Have Dan again - good speaker

Hearing loss has nothing to do with safety during slurry spreading.  Video of H2S skipped during the most important part of the session.

I don't think the hearing session was necessary for manure hauling especially half hour worth!

I don't think we need to do this class every year.

I hate this!

I thought health/hearing issues were completely unnecessary because the people involved in this business are well aware of health concerns involved.  Also I didn't see the need for crunching numbers on how to make money in your business.

I would like to see more video of applicators in the field and different techniques.

If you can't fill up the 3hr requirement with info that actually applies, then maybe you should drop the time.  If we have to sit for 3 hrs to be certified applicator I would like info to pertain to applications not here for economics class. Our managers should know.

It maybe helpful the first year your business is started after seeing the same things over and over does not help us out. We train our employees with info they need.  We have plans in place from the start of our business.

It would be helpful if all PowerPoint slides would be readable to us viewers.  Several were not readable.

Let us take the test at the Extension office.  If I have to drive to the DNR office that is one hour drive, test for about an hour and then drive back home I have the 3 hours invested. Need Dry Manure meeting in SE IowaNeed to have more information for the pumpers!Need to look into more useful information for new operators.  Application math need to talk more about it.Note some charts and graphs are not readable from the presenters.  Some presenters need more pizzazz. They are dull and lacked passion.Please produce handouts with all the web sites being used in the presentations.Safety and money and equipment cost seems to be a little overkill, not much info on manure hauling, a new applicator would have got nothings from your meeting.Some of the speakers were not good at public speaking.  Makes it hard to pay attention.

Much of this training session was not very adapted for the person handle chicken manure.Most employee's doing this work had little interest in liquid manure & what value the manure has.The safety presentation is always needed may not fit our needs but never is to be ignored.

Some topics yes, some no.  Should focus more on applicator issues, spill response etc case studies

The broadcast was poor at times - audio and video.

This was a great improvement over last year's presentation.

Too long about ear plugs what does that have to do w/ hauling manure. Stick with manure that's why we're here-this part was a waste of time. Shorten this up people would pay attention better.  Can't read any of their charts.

Too many unreadable graphs.  I didn't care if DeCaster has permanent easements.

Too much about ears, safety Dan was ok.

Too much time was spent on issues that were less involved with manure application.  Health and safety is important, but lets get recertified for applying.

Too much unrelated information and it drug out.

Very very slow-like to hear from DOT guy.  More speakers.

What does hearing have to do with manure hauling?

Why would you charge $25 when you offer the video free.  We already pay $100/person.This is a huge waste of time.  You guys need to improve this.  This doesn't need to be 3 hours long.

Would have been better if they knew was wanted to say and not read it and think about it.

 

 

Paul Kassel, Extension Crops Specialist, discusses research results from an eggshell liming study at the dry poultry manure applicator certification workshop in Sac City.  Photo. R. Klein

Paul Kassel, Extension Crops Specialist, discusses research results from an eggshell liming study at the dry poultry manure applicator certification workshop in Sac City. Photo. R. Klein

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Contact your County Extension Office to schedule and appointment to watch the training video or your local DNR Field Office to schedule an appointment to take the certification exam.