Commissioner Steve Troxler: New Rules in Place Regarding Use of Dicamba

Statewide workshops scheduled through May

Training continues to be required to use dicamba products to avoid damaging other crops. New label revisions for Engenia, XtendiMax and Fexapan indicate these products can only be used by certified applicators. Workshops are being held across the state through May to help applicators meet requirements. Most workshops are scheduled for January through March.

  • The winter months are typically a time when farmers can work on repairing their equipment, make decisions about next season’s plantings and also attend workshops and meetings to stay up on the latest requirements for their jobs.
  • For the past two years, training has been required for anyone using dicamba or auxin products for crops. Training will again be required with a few new rules added.
  • Training is necessary because tobacco and other crops are sensitive to dicamba and 2,4-D, so it is important to use best management practices when applying dicamba products.
  • Last year, applicators were required to attend training for use of auxin products. The training is specifically designed to help farmers and pesticide applicators understand how to apply these new formulations safely to avoid damaging other crops.
  • Due to label revisions for Engenia, XtendiMax and Fexapan, training will be mandatory for the 2019 season. Enlist Products will also require the mandatory training for use in 2019.
  • Training has been expanded this year to include certified and non-certified applicators. New label revisions for Engenia, XtendiMax and Fexapan now state that only Certified Applicators can buy and use these pesticides.  Non-certified applicators are now prohibited from using these products.
  • Label revisions also mandate that applicators must check for endangered species bulletins before making applications. If there is a bulletin in the county of the application, the applicator must leave an extra 57-foot buffer.  There have also been some revisions to the record keeping portion of the label.
  • The Structural Pest Control and Pesticides Division, in conjunction with N.C. State University, has scheduled 38 trainings across the state from January 15 through May 7.
  • The training will review how to reduce incidents of herbicide drift by properly setting up your sprayer with the correct nozzles and operating pressure and thoroughly cleaning out your equipment. Protecting sensitive areas and susceptible crops will also be covered.
  • Even if you attended training in 2018, you still must attend this year’s training. All certified applicators and licensed pesticide dealers who attend the training will receive 1 hour of pesticide recertification credit in the categories of N, O, D and X.
  • You can find a training schedule on the department’s main page at www.ncagr.gov. If you have questions you can contact our Structural Pest Control and Pesticides Division at 919-733-3556.