From Across the Field – New Year, New Changes

As with every changing of the calendar, come changes as to how farmers are asked (or required) to implement certain production practices. This year, 2019 is no different. One of those major changes will affect producers who are planning to use dicamba based herbicides this growing season. The revised label for those products no longer allows for the applicator to be a trained person under direct supervision of a pesticide license holder, rather the person making the application must now be a licensed applicator themselves. For those needing to obtain a pesticide applicators license, feel free to contact the Extension office of the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

Those applicators are also required to attend a dicamba specific training, hosted by the chemical manufacturer. Upcoming trainings include Maria Stein on January 17, Maria Stein on 1-22, and Tiffin on 1-31.  Any dicamba-specific training will meet the training requirement to apply Xtendimax, Engenia, or FeXapan, regardless of which company (BASF, Monsanto, Dupont) sponsored the meeting. Any person(s) applying the previously mentioned herbicides is required to attend one of these trainings prior to the application.

Keep in mind that dicamba-specific training does not take the place of the traditional Pesticide Applicator Training, which will be held in Henry County on March 7th.

Another change specifically for beef producers is that Tyson has officially starting sourcing fed cattle from producers trained in Beef Quality Assurance. This change in policy has been largely been driven by customer demand. As consumers continue to want to know more about how their food is produced, I expect that other meat processors and food service providers will ask livestock farmers to do more in terms of verifying things such as humane handling and traceability.

There are not a lot of horticultural things to talk about right now, but here are a few tips. Homes this time of year can get very dry with furnaces and stoves being used so we may want to increase humidity, not only for ourselves but for houseplants as well. If you want to keep your poinsettias for next year, consider cutting them to six inches and placing them in a sunny window, but don’t let them get too cold. This is also a great time to browse seed catalogs and plan your garden layout for this year. I am always amazed at how many different varieties of vegetables are available.  I’ll end this week with a thought from Eleanor Roosevelt: “You must do the things you think you cannot do.” Have a great week.

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Garth Ruff,
Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator
OSU Henry County Extension

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