Illinois first state to offer dicamba training

Don't wait until the last minute to obtain the required dicamba-specific certification before the 2018 growing season.

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By Jim Taylor

Illinois is off and running with dicamba training.

“We’re the first state to get started,” Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association President Jean Payne told the RFD Radio Network® on Thursday. “We had two classes in Springfield last week.” 

Payne said 131 people – mostly farmers and private applicators – attended the first session. Another session will be held Friday in Champaign.

“One of the messages that came out loud and clear at the first class is that not every field is a candidate for dicamba, depending on where it’s located, who your neighbors are, what other specialty crops are in the area,” Payne said. “That’s part of the training – understanding when you can spray and when you cannot spray or should not spray.”

Approximately 30 training sessions will be held throughout Illinois between now and March 30. Click here for more information on sites, times and how to register.

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Each session runs two hours, and attendees must attend the entire session to receive certification. Without certification, farmers and applicators will not be able to apply crop-protection products containing dicamba in 2018. Applicators must also keep proof of completing the training. 

“We did not limit the registration to just private applicators or certified applicators,” Payne said. “Really, anyone can go to these meetings, and I encourage farmers who are going to plant the Xtend soybeans, but maybe they’re going to hire their custom applicator to do it, should also go because they really need to understand the situation.”

Each person registering to attend the dicamba-application training session must provide a unique email address to receive the certification. A family sending multiple members cannot use just one e-mail address.

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