I have received a few questions about dicamba training recently so here is a reminder and update about those trainings. There are label changes to dicamba products used for and permitted for over the top application to dicamba technology soybeans. The label requires that anyone who mixes, loads or applies XtendiMax, Engenia or FeXapan dicamba products now must be a licensed pesticide applicator. Use of these products as a trained service person is no longer acceptable. Pesticide licensing information, along with Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) exam testing dates scheduled at the Fisher Auditorium conference room are posted on the Wayne County Extension web site at http://go.osu.edu/agwayne. For those who need alternative dates, ODA has added additional testing dates at Reynoldsburg. Register on-line at https://agri.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/oda/divisions/plant-health/pesticides/exam-registration (search Licking Co. to find these testing dates: It will say “dicamba ag exam only”) or call ODA at 614-728-6978 to sign up for an exam.
The dicamba label for dicamba technology soybeans requires annual dicamba training. The training is provided by the product companies, this is not an ODA regulated or Extension provided training. There are a couple of dicamba trainings scheduled as part of the January 24 Shearer Equipment Expo at the Fisher/Shisler Conference Center. The OSU Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program has a web page listing dicamba training dates and locations around the state that is updated as companies submit information. That listing is available at https://pested.osu.edu/DicambaTraining.
Rory Lewandowski is an OSU Extension Agriculture & Natural Resources Educator and may be reached at 330-264-8722.
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