Training to be offered for dicamba application

A training for applicators wishing to receive certification to apply dicamba products (Engenia, FeXapan and XtendiMax) in 2018 will be offered on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at the Community Building in Corning. The Community Building is located at the corner of Main and Fifth Streets in downtown Corning. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m., with training by K-State Research and Extension Weed Scientist Dallas Peterson, Ph.D., starting at 2 p.m.

Due to the reclassification of the aforementioned products as Restricted Use Pesticides, producers must be certified as private or commercial 1A (Agriculture Plant) pesticide applicators in order to purchase and apply these herbicides. Peterson’s presentation will provide the training required to meet application requirements.

The updated herbicide labels include mandatory record keeping requirements, modified wind speed restrictions, limited times of day for applications, a revised list of sensitive crops and sensitive sites, buffer zone requirements, and revised sprayer cleaning procedures and documentation. Peterson will discuss label changes and application requirements and provide information on what applicators need to do to meet them.

Producers interested in purchasing any of these dicamba formulations should also make sure their private or commercial pesticide applicator certification is up to date. Anyone wishing to start the process of obtaining a new pesticide applicator’s license should contact their local Extension Office for testing information or visit the Kansas Department of Agriculture website at https://agriculture.ks.gov/divisions-programs/pesticide-fertilizer/pesticide-applicator.

To ensure adequate handout materials, please RSVP by the close of business on Monday, Feb. 26, to the Seneca Office of the Meadowlark Extension District at 785-336-2184 or by e-mail to dhallaue@ksu.edu. Walk-ins are welcome.

Information on this meeting and additional K-State Research and Extension sponsored applicator trainings will be posted on the Meadowlark Extension District Crops and Soils page at http://www.meadowlark.k-state.edu/crops-soils/index.html.

Applicator trainings are also being offered by industry representatives. Check with your local retailer for meeting dates/times. Note that it is the responsibility of applicators to obtain required training prior to application.

David Hallauer46 Posts

David Hallauer is the Meadowlark Extension District agent in the areas of horticulture and crops and soils.

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