The schedule for the 2019 Auxin Herbicides-Best Management Practices training has been finalized. This training, presented by NC State Weed Specialists and organized in cooperation with N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will fulfill the training requirement mandated by federal and 24(c) labels of dicamba containing products registered for over-the-top use on dicamba-tolerant cotton and soybean. The training will also meet 24(c) label requirements for 2,4-D choline containing products for over-the-top use on 2,4-D-tolerant cotton in North Carolina.
You will notice there is a series of trainings offered in Raleigh mid-March through early-May, 2019. These training will serve to catch any folks who were unable to attend an earlier training in their area. Also, on April 10n at noon in Raleigh, growers/applicators will have the opportunity to receive the training in Spanish from Dr. Ramon Leon.
Lastly, I will remind you of a few federal label changes for 2019:
- Only certified applicators may apply dicamba over the top (those working under the supervision of a certified applicator may no longer make applications)
- Prohibit over-the-top application of dicamba on soybeans 45 days after planting and cotton 60 days after planting
- For cotton, limit the number of over-the-top applications from 4 to 2 (soybeans remain at 2 OTT applications)
- Applications will be allowed only from 1 hour after sunrise to 2 hours before sunset
- In counties where endangered species may exist, the downwind buffer will remain at 110 feet and there will be a new 57-foot buffer around the other sides of the field (the 110-foot downwind buffer applies to all applications, not just in counties where endangered species may exist)
- Clarify the training period for 2019 and beyond, ensuring consistency across all three products
- Enhanced tank clean-out instructions for the entire system
- Enhanced label to improve applicator awareness on the impact of low pH’s on the potential volatility of dicamba
- Label clean up and consistency to improve compliance and enforceability
Additionally, the final schedule for the Winter Cotton County Production Meetings is now listed on the Cotton Portal Website, under “Events”. These meetings will cover a wide array of important production issues, ranging from variety selection, weed and insect management, agronomics, and more.
In many cases, the aforementioned Auxin Stewardship Trainings will be held in conjunction with the cotton production meetings. Contact your local county extension agent for further details and check here for dates and/or locations of these meetings near you. We hope to see you there.