Dicamba training to be required before 2018 use

Proof of completed training will be part of recordkeeping for every application.

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Various farm organizations are working to ensure farmers have plenty of opportunities this winter to learn about dicamba-application best practices before the 2018 growing season begins. (Illinois Farm Bureau file photo)

By Jim Taylor

Illinois Dicamba Training will roll out this winter, with sessions beginning Nov. 27 and continuing until April 1, just prior to spring planting.

Illinois is following the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) parameters as it relates to dicamba use in 2018.

“We are now moving forward with one of the new requirements on this label for 2018, which is that this is a restricted-use pesticide,” Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association (IFCA) President Jean Payne recently told the RFD Radio Network®.  “So you already have to be a certified applicator to apply it.” 

Those applicators must also prove that they have been to dicamba-specific training in order to apply the product, she added.

“And you have to keep proof of training as part of every record of application,” Payne said. “You don’t have to have proof of training to buy dicamba products; you just have to be a certified applicator and provide the pesticide dealer your license.”

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Payne said IFCA, Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Corn Growers Association and Illinois Soybean Association are working closely with the Illinois Department of Agriculture and University of Illinois to ensure farmers and other applicators have a broad array of training venues this winter. The training classes will be free, with support from Monsanto and BASF. 

“If you intend on applying dicamba, you need to get to a training session,” she said.  “It’s a mandatory requirement of the label. If you get caught applying this product without having training and keeping a record, there’s monetary penalties and ultimately you could lose your applicator license.”

More information, including training session dates and times, is available by clicking here

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