Integrated pest management has been a recent subject of discussion in the horticulture class at Roland-Story High School.

In a recent lab, students were taught and trained on how to mix appropriate rates of chemicals with water. They also learned the importance of using the recommended amounts.

“This was a lesson designed in which students used cross-curricular subject material (language arts, math and science) to know how to safely and effectively mix chemicals with water to apply to lawns and gardens. One of our big fears is residual effects of chemical usage. By understanding the need for correct application, including mixing of chemical, we can eliminate chemical run-off and seepage into our water systems,” said Brad Taylor, horticulture instructor.