Nebraska: Dicamba Applicator Training is Available Online and In-Person

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Online training for Nebraska applicators who plan to use new restricted use pesticide (RUP) dicamba products is now available through Nebraska Extension.

Nebraska applicators completing the new training may apply Monsanto’s XtendiMax, DuPont’s FeXapan, and BASF’s Engenia on genetically modified Xtend soybeans. These herbicides kill broadleaf weeds but not Xtend soybeans. Since soybeans also are broadleaf plants, problems arise when traditional, or non-Xtend soybeans, have dicamba-related injuries.

All state-licensed applicators, either private or commercial, who plan to use the new products in 2018 must undergo new, label-required training before applying them. Extension’s training was spearheaded by the Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, along with the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA).

Unlicensed individuals who plan to apply the new RUP dicamba products must have both the traditional NDA-issued license to apply RUPs and proof they have taken the new NDA-approved RUP dicamba training. Individuals can purchase the RUP dicamba products before completing the state-authorized training, but it is illegal to apply them without having completed the training.

The dicamba training is designed to help applicators better protect traditional soybeans and other sensitive crops from damage caused by particle drift, tank contamination, temperature inversions, and volatility. The training also will help applicators better understand the extensive new dicamba requirements for timing and recordkeeping.

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The three new RUP dicamba labels have mandatory recordkeeping components that far exceed anything previously seen. (Sample dicamba record-keeping forms and related information are available on the NDA Dicamba Information website.)

Free Online Extension Training

The online dicamba training is comprised of four video modules that should take less than two hours to complete. Topics include

  • off-target herbicide movement and how to prevent it;
  • equipment settings and weather restrictions; and
  • information required specifically for Nebraska.

Information on how to access and register for the Dicamba-Label Required Training is available on the university Pesticide Safety Education Program website. Proof-of-training documentation will be issued to applicators who complete the online training.

This proof is necessary for private and commercial RUP applicators to show they have taken the new required training before using any of the three new RUP dicamba products.

A comprehensive list of dicamba topics is available on the Nebraska Department of Agriculture website.

Additional Options for RUP Dicamba Training

Individuals wanting training for both traditional RUP pesticides and the new RUP dicamba products have two other options for Extension training:

Manufacturers of the new dicamba products also are offering the required training.

The new training requirement comes after the federal Environmental Protection Agency in October classified the three newer dicamba products as RUPs and added new application, timing, and recordkeeping requirements to the labels. Nationally in 2017 more than 2,200 complaints about dicamba were said to have injured more than 3 million US soybean acres.

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