It seems like every year has a buzzword that takes over conversations. In ag, the buzzword since this summer has been dicamba. Ever since soybeans started showing dicamba symptoms last summer, everyone has been talking about dicamba and its use on Extend soybeans.
As a result of last summer, there have been major changes in 2018 to the labels for Monsanto’s XtendiMax, DuPont’s FeXapan and BASF’s Engenia. Changes include additional recordkeeping requirements, cleanout procedures, wind speed restrictions and more awareness of neighboring sensitive crops. While I always say it is important to read the label, the rules and regulations in these three labels go above and beyond anything I have ever seen for production ag.
One of the major changes was the requirement that anyone who applies these three products must be a certified private or commercial applicator for restricted-use pesticides and also receive additional label required training approved by the Nebraska Department of Ag. This additional training is in addition to any private pesticide training you might need to become certified or to recertify this year.
There are several ways to receive this training, online through a free UNL training, in person at industry meetings that are approved by the NDA, or by attending an in-person training held by Nebraska Extension. Details for the online training can be found at https://pested.unl.edu. Industry meetings were announced this last week with one being held in Columbus on March 5 and others in Lincoln, Norfolk or West Point. If you haven’t received a mailing with these dates, you can see them on the Nebraska Department of Ag website at http://www.nda.nebraska.gov/pesticide/dicamba.html.
Since our office phone has been busy with lots of interest in dicamba training, I have added a local training opportunity on Feb. 1 starting at noon in Columbus at the Farm and Life Expo at Platte County Agricultural Park. The meeting will be held upstairs in the Club Room and will last approximately 1 1/2 hours. Attendees will need to sign in and provide their private or commercial applicator number, so please bring your certification card with that information. After completion of the training, I will provide a list of attendees to the NDA who will add attendees to their online list of certified applicators.
The training will consist of the same one hour and 15 minutes of videos that you would see when taking the online training and will cover off-target herbicide movement and how to prevent it; equipment settings and weather restrictions; and information required specifically for Nebraska.