Mandatory Dicamba Resistant Crop Training – March 16
Blog information written by Dr. J. Ferrel
Friday March 16, 2018
10:00 AM -12:00 PM Eastern, 9:00-11:00 Central
Live Video Conference to be hosted simultaneously by UF/IFAS Extension Offices across North Florida
Purpose of the Training
In 2017, dicamba resistant crops were registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to receive dicamba herbicide applications over-the-top of growing cotton or soybean crops. In many states (not Florida) there were hundreds of drift complaints. Because of these issues, EPA is requiring that anyone who wishes to apply dicamba to dicamba tolerant crops, MUST participate in an auxin herbicide training before applications are made in 2018.
Who Must Attend
Any farmer that grows cotton or soybeans in Florida could potentially plant varieties with dicamba resistance. They do not need training to plant the genetics, but they MUST have training prior to dicamba application after the crop has emerged. This is the only situation where dicamba training is mandatory. Turf, forage, corn, sorghum, and small grain producers can still apply dicamba products without participating in this training.
Where to Attend
UF/IFAS Extension Offices all across North Florida will be hosting an auxin herbicide training on March 16, 2018, live via interactive video. This will allow for a question and answer period following the presentations. This training will also be recorded, however, so that any producers that are not available on March 16th can receive the training after the fact, and still receive credit. The recording will only be made available through County Extension Offices, so that the CEUs can be proctored, and the forms signed by a certified CEU provider. Contract your local UF/IFAS Extension Office to RSVP, and to get the specific location of the training being offered in your county, or to set up a time to view the recorded version at a later date.
Proof of Attendance
Since this training is required by EPA, and therefore by the Florida Department of Agriculture (FDACS), documentation of attendance for this training is required by producers prior to application of dicamba products to resistant crops.FDACS has determined that the CEU form that is received after completing the training will serve as the official documentation of attendance. Private applicator and row crop pesticide license holders will receive 2 CEUs through participation in this training, either live or through the recording viewed at your local Extension Office.
Hopefully we can repeat the success of 2017, with no reported dicamba drift issues in Florida!