Thursday, June 2, 2011
I Really Did Pass
I got my letter back from the Ohio Department of Agriculture that said I failed the core exam that tests a custom operator on their basic pesticide application knowledge.
I thought wow, I have forgot more than I thought I did. Then I looked closer and I only got 8 questions of 50. But wait a minute, I took 90 questions, not 50. I figured it was some crazy scoring method and maybe I was as old and dumb as I act somedays.
I received a national award for teaching pesticides to applicators in the 90's, had I really forgotten that much?
So I emailed the lady who administered the test and asked about my score. Whoops, they owed me a big apology. The person who scanned the answer sheet compared my to the private applicator answers, not the commercial one I took.
I have plenty of glyphosate and AMS on hand but no Gramoxone. Wherever Gramoxone was sprayed this week, the cover was fried by the next day.
So, I did pass. Now I have to go through the hassle of explaining this today as I need some Gramoxone to fry some headed out cover crop. I hope it isn't too much of a hassle as it turns out I did pass, I really did pass the exam.
It's a beautiful late spring, early summer morning here with warm temperatures, moist soil and low humidity. It's a month or two late but we will take it.
What a crazy year, for sure. I am suprised of the lack of farm activity in this region with beautiful dry weather for once so I am convinced there is going to be one heck of a lot of Preventive Planting fields in this area and I bet that area is going to be a surprise to the market place once they figure it out.
I hope we don't get prices so high we cut off our demand for our commodities but I wouldn't be surprised if this happens.
The next time you fail an exam and you think you should have passed it, ask them to rescore it.