Update on dicamba applicator training

The new labels for Engenia, XtendiMax, and FeXapan have many new precautions that applicators need to be aware of.  An additional requirement is that anyone applying these products must attend an annual dicamba or group 4 herbicide-specific training.  Details are still being worked out on this training for Ohio, but it will not be part of OSU Extension winter pesticide recertification meetings.  At this point, it appears that it will be conducted by Monsanto, BASF, and DuPont at meetings held specifically for this purpose, and also possibly through an online training module.  This is not likely to be in place until after the first of the year, and we will pass on information as we get it.  OSU, Purdue, and U of Illinois put together a fact sheet on stewardship of dicamba, which is available here.  This is not meant to be an all inclusive list of application requirements, but it does contain some additional suggestions on stewardship that are not part of labels.

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