Dicamba training sessions begin this week

Applicators will be required to complete special training and keep a record.

By Deana Stroisch

Free dicamba training sessions for farmers and other applicators will begin this week.

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Dates and locations of the sessions will be continuously updated on the Illinois Dicamba Training website. Farmers can register for the sessions on the website as well. Visit the site by clicking here.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently classified three dicamba-based herbicides as “restricted use,” which allows only certified applicators with special training and those under their supervision to apply it.

Related: Dicamba checklist: 11 restrictions to keep in mind when applying the herbicide. Click here

The Illinois agriculture community, including Illinois Farm Bureau, joined efforts to provide classroom training. The 60- to 90-minute sessions will cover product application requirements, recordkeeping requirements, weed-management practices, buffer requirements and mixing and handling, among other topics.

Participants who complete the course will receive a certificate of completion, which farmers must keep with their dicamba application records.

Upcoming training dates include:

- Monday, 3-5 p.m., Springfield.

- Wednesday, 4:30-6 p.m., Springfield.

- Dec. 5, 3-5 p.m., Carterville.

- Dec. 8, 3-5 p.m., Champaign.

- Dec. 12, 10 a.m.-noon, Hamel Community Building, Hamel.

- Dec. 12, 3-5 p.m., McLintock’s Steakhouse, 24722 N. Standard City Road, Girard.

- Dec. 13, 3-5 p.m., Celebrations 150, 740 U.S. 6, North Utica.

- Dec. 14, 4:30-6 p.m., Timber Creek Inn & Suites, 3300 Drew St., Sandwich.

- Dec. 15, 4:30-6 p.m., Timber Creek Inn & Suites, 3300 Drew St., Sandwich.

- Dec. 19, 4:30-6 p.m., I-Hotel Illinois Conference Center, 1900 S. First St., Champaign.

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