Crops and Soils

The Extension Crops and Soils Program provides timely resources and information to help Wisconsin crop producers and their agricultural consultants manage crops efficiently and profitably.
Rows of Corn

You can find information on:

  • Crop Production and cropping systems for corn, soybeans, forages, nutrient management, soil science, commercial vegetable, and cover crops.
  • Pest Management: Information on the management of weeds, insects, and disease in Wisconsin cropping systems.
  • Ask Extension: Your opportunity to talk directly with Extension specialists and staff

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Pesticide Applicator Training

Private Pesticide Applicator Training and Testing
As a Private Applicator you have to study the training materials and get certified by passing the private applicator test if you use Restricted-Use Pesticides (RUPs).  If you are not going to use RUPs then you do not need to be certified. A Private Applicator is a person who applies pesticide to produce an agricultural commodity AND pesticides are applied on property that they own, rent or their employer owns or rents.  If an applicator does not meet BOTH parts of the definition, they are considered commercial applicators.  Example of commercial applicator: Lawn care company or County Highway employee. Certification is good for 5 years.

To receive training and certification, purchase the appropriate manual (new books will be available in December) from the University of Wisconsin PAT Store and refer to the UW Pesticide Applicator Training (PAT) Program website for further details.  Mail order form for the book –

UW PAT Program main site:

NOTE: Do not purchase commercial Field & Vegetable Crops, Greenhouse & Nursery or Fruit Crop manuals.  Select General Farming, private Greenhouse & Nursery or private Fruit Crop.  Manuals are $40 per book and they are assigned to the applicator, so each must have their own.  Manuals will be sent to the applicator using UPS and are usually delivered within four business days.  UPS does not deliver to P.O. boxes. If you have questions go to or 608-262-7588.

Commercial Applicators
Refer to the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection website for training and testing details.

Do you know your Private Applicator Certification expiration date?
County Extension Offices will no longer be sending you a letter alerting you of when your certification expires.  Please be aware that you are going to have to be responsible for knowing this.

Please check your card to identify when your certification expires.  If you cannot see the date, go to the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s website and look yourself up.  If you are not there, then your certification has expired.


UW Extension Private Applicator Training website

In-person training with Test sites – Requires 50% passing score.

Online Training Courses – Start in November. Requires 50% passing score.  If you test with Person Vue (see below) you will have to get 70% passing score.

Zoom Webinar Training – One training per month will be offered January 13, February 3, March 3, April 7.  Requires 50% passing score.


County Testing-only Sites – UW Pesticide Applicator Training Program Testing Sites website –

In-person Training with Test sites –

Online Training with Pearson Vue testing company – Requires 70% passing score.

UW-Madison Certification Exam website –


For more information please contact:
Extension Juneau County
220 E. State Street, Room 104, Mauston, WI 53948
Phone: (608) 847-9329