Dicamba Trainings

Published on Wednesday, 17 January 2018 14:57
Written by thenebraskasigna

By Brandy
VanDeWalle

There have been questions in the office regarding dicamba trainings so this week I’m sharing an article from the Nebraska Extension’s Pesticide Safety Education office. Online training for Nebraska applicators who plan to use new restricted use pesticide (RUP) dicamba products now is available through Nebraska Extension.
Nebraska applicators completing the new training may apply Monsanto’s XtendiMax, DuPont’s FeXapan and BASF’s Engenia on genetically modified Xtend soybeans. These herbicides kill broadleaf weeds but not Xtend soybeans. Since soybeans also are broadleaf plants, problems arise when traditional, or non-Xtend soybeans, have dicamba-related injuries.
“All state-licensed applicators, either private or commercial and who plan to use the new products in 2018, must undergo new, label-required training before applying them,” said Clyde Ogg, pesticide extension educator and coordinator of Nebraska Extension’s Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP). PSEP, along with the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA), spearheaded the new video training.
Unlicensed individuals who plan to apply the new products must have both the traditional NDA-issued license to apply RUPs, AND have proof they have taken the new NDA-approved RUP dicamba training. The dicamba training is designed to help applicators better protect traditional soybeans and other sensitive crops from damage caused by particle drift, tank contamination, temperature inversions and volatility. Also, the training will help applicators better understand the extensive new dicamba requirements for timing and recordkeeping. There are mandatory recordkeeping requirements that far exceed the normal requirements.
The free dicamba training is comprised of four video modules that should take less than two hours to complete. Topics include off-target herbicide movement and how to prevent it; equipment settings and weather restrictions; and information required specifically for Nebraska. Proof-of-training documentation will be issued to applicators who complete the online training. The proof will show which private and commercial RUP applicators have taken the new required training before using any of the three new RUP dicamba products.
Details for the online training can be found at https://pested.unl.edu. Look for “*NEW* Dicamba Label-Required Training.” A comprehensive listing of dicamba topics from NDA is found at http://www.nda.nebraska.gov/pesticide/dicamba.html.
Manufacturers of the new dicamba products also offer the required training. The new training requirement comes after the federal Environmental Protection Agency in October classified the three newer dicamba products as RUPs, and added new application, timing and recordkeeping requirements to the labels. Nationally in 2017 more than 2,200 complaints about dicamba were said to have injured more than 3 million US soybean acres.
The following are the county face-to-face trainings for our area. Extension is only allowed to show the same video series that farmers can also watch online. There is no charge to attend the face-
to-face trainings and each person will need to know his/her pesticide applicator ID number when they come to face to face training.
Nebraska Extension is a Division of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln cooperating with the Counties and the United Sates Department of Agriculture.
Nebraska Extension educational programs abide with the nondiscrimination policies of the University of Nebraska– Lincoln and the United States Department of Agriculture.
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Dicamba ONLY trainings Jan. 22: York County: Cornerstone Event Center, Fairgrounds in York, 2:00-3:30 p.m.,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Jan. 23: Nuckolls County: Auditorium in Nelson, 10:00-11:30 a.m., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Jan. 23: Clay County: Activity Building, Fairgrounds in Clay Center, 3:00-4:30 p.m., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Jan. 29: Thayer County: Community Center in Davenport, 5:00-6:30 p.m., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Jan. 31: Seward County: Civic Center in Seward, 5:00-6:30 p.m., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Feb. 12: Merrick County: Fairgrounds in Central City, 10:00-11:30 a.m., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Feb. 15: Fillmore County: Fairgrounds in Geneva, 2:00-3:30 p.m., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Feb. 22: Hamilton County: 4-H Building, Fairgrounds in Aurora, 10:00-11:30 a.m.,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Feb. 26: Polk County: Polk Co. Fairgrounds in Osceola, 10:00-11:30 a.m., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Mar. 6: Webster County: Fairgrounds in Bladen, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Mar. 15: Adams County: Fairgrounds in Hastings, 4:30– 6:00 p.m.,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.