Explanation of Changes to Dicamba Certification
If you use Auxin Chemistries in your cotton (dicamba, XtendiMax, Engenia, Fexapan) then you must go through the Using Pesticides Wisely Training again. Yes again. You have to go through Using Pesticide Wisely Training again if you use (Enlist Duo or Enlist One)
2019 means we all start over fresh and the requirements are that everyone must attend the Using Pesticides Wisely Training and if your farm employees apply auxin products then they must have their own private pesticide license or go the special session at the close of the Using Pesticide Wisely Trainings where they will receive a 1-year temporary license. Your first opportunity to attend the Using Pesticide Wisely Training is Wednesday January 30 at the Cotton Production Workshop. The workshop starts at 8 am. The Using Pesticide Wisely Training will be taught from 2-4 pm and after from 4 to 5 pm your farm employees who do not have a private pesticide license will have the opportunity to go through a training and will receive a 1-year temporary private pesticide license to be eligible to apply auxin chemistries on cotton for 2019 only.
Auxin Training Requirements for 2019 Culpepper
NOTICE! U.S. EPA-Industry mandated label changes to dicamba products Engenia, FeXapan, and XtendiMax are now effective for the 2019 growing season.
Engenia, FeXapan, XtendiMax 1. As mandated by federal labels, one must hold a private or commercial pesticide applicator license to purchase and use these restricted use herbicides. Use is limited to ONLY those persons holding a private or commercial applicator certification.* It is no longer permissible for non-certified applicators to apply these products under the direct supervision of the certified applicator. 2. Prior to applying these products in 2019, ALL applicators must be trained according to the federal labels. In Georgia, applicators must complete the 2019 Using Pesticides Wisely classroom training. If you attended this training in 2015, 2016, 2017, or 2018, you must re-take the training in 2019. 3. Industry applicator trainings are encouraged and beneficial; however, they will not fulfill Georgia’s requirement for auxin training. 4. Each label requires certified applicators to document application information. Forms have been designed to help with this challenge and can be found at your local UGA Extension office, from the herbicide registrant, or at https://agr.georgia.gov/24c.aspx
Enlist Duo or Enlist One 1. All persons in charge of in-crop applications (planting through harvest) of Enlist Duo or Enlist One in Enlist cotton or soybean must complete the Using Pesticides Wisely classroom training. If you attended this training in 2015, 2016, 2017 or 2018, you must re-take the training in 2019. *For those seeking certification as a private pesticide applicator: Initial certification to become a certified private pesticide applicator requires the completion of an interactive, online Private Applicator training program administered by University of Georgia Extension (https://extension.uga.edu/programs-services/pesticide-safety-education/private-applicators.html). The online training and testing requires a total time commitment of approximately 4-5 hours and a $25 fee. Applicants MUST be able to read and understand a label. Application of auxin herbicides carries certain inherent risks associated with off-target movement. Anyone applying them should be well trained, have a clear understanding of the potential for off-site damage, and be able to make complex decisions on when and where these products should be applied. Applicants and their employers should carefully consider who is capable of applying these products safely before beginning the certification process. USING PESTICIDES WISELY TRAINING DATES/TIMES/LOCATIONS WILL BE PROVIDED IN MID-JANUARY 2019