Dicamba training for Illinois Farmers

On October 13, 2017, USEPA issued revised labels for the three dicamba products that are labeled for use on genetically engineered crops, including soybeans. USEPA made Engenia, XtendiMax and FeXapan Restricted use Pesticides, which means that only certified applicators can purchase these products and a record of sale must be kept by pesticide dealers who sell the products.

The new labels for these products require that all applicators of the product must be trained on the proper use of these products; this includes private and commercial applicators and operators. You must make and keep a record of the application, and proof of training must accompany the record of application.

The Illinois agriculture industry is working together to offer classroom training opportunities for private applicators (farmers), commercial applicators and operators to ensure all applicators have the opportunity to use these products properly in 2018, in accordance with the new label requirements.

Marshall-Putnam Farm Bureau will host a dicamba training session on January 31, 2018 from
9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. This will precede the Private Pesticide Applicator Test Only that will be held that afternoon from noon to 3:00 p.m. Registration is required for either event by calling the office at 309-364-2501.

The official website for Dicamba Training in Illinois (required for all farmers/applicators who plan to apply the product) was launched this week. Please visit https://ifca.com/IllinoisDicambaTraining to learn more about the training programs. There are several training opportunities in our area if you are not able to attend our training on January 31. You can register online or if you don’t have internet access please contact Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association at (309)-827-2774.