It seems like every year has a buzz word that takes over conversations. In ag, the buzz word 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 record keeping requirements, cleanout procedures, wind speed restrictions, and more awareness of neighboring sensitive crops. While I always say that 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 that 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 from industry 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 February 1 starting at noon in Columbus at the Farm & Life Expo at Ag Park. The meeting will be held upstairs in the Club Room and will last approximately 1 ½ 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 1 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.

Also, remember that private pesticide training will be offered on Jan 31 and Feb 1 during the Farm Show, inside the Club Room at Platte County Agricultural Park in Columbus. The Jan 31 session starts at 1 p.m., while the Feb. 1 session starts at 9:30 a.m.

For more information or assistance, please contact Aaron Nygren, Extension Educator, Nebraska Extension in Colfax County, phone: 402-352-3821, e-mail anygren2@unl.edu or visit the croptechcafe.org website for more regional cropping information.