NC Commissioner Steve Troxler: Auxin Classes Begin Today around the State.

Starting today (Jan. 14) through March 26, 31 training workshops have been planned statewide for anyone planning to apply auxin herbicides such as 2,4-D or dicamba. These are mandatory trainings to reduce the chance of misapplication and crop damage. This year, anyone who intends to use the herbicide paraquat will need to be a certified private applicator or be licensed in an appropriate category. The new labeling requires applicators to successfully complete training once every three years.

  • This is a busy time of year for growers. Commodity meetings, workshops, repairing equipment are a few things taking place.
  • You can add mandatory herbicide training to the mix, too, if you farm and plan to apply auxin herbicides such as 2,4-D or dicamba.
  • A total of 31 training sessions are planned across the state between now and March 26.
  • The first class is being held today in Washington County at the Vernon James Research Center.
  • Growers can find a list of training dates and locations online at ncagr.gov. Click on the link on the homepage for a list of upcoming classes.
  • The goal of training is to help applicators understand how to safely apply the herbicides without damaging other crops. Training has been required for several years now, and it seems to have paid off as we have seen very limited damage in previous years.
  • There were no label changes made for 2020. Some of the brand names include Xtendimax, Fexapan, Tavium, Engenia, Enlist Duo or Enlist One.
  • The training focuses on how to reduce incidents of drift to susceptible crops, how to comply with label requirements and maintain the required record keeping.
  • The department’s Structural Pest Control and Pesticides Division is holding these trainings in conjunction with N.C. State University.
  • Participants will receive one hour of pesticide recertification credit in categories N, O, D and X on completion.
  • New labeling on paraquat means that anyone who intends to use the herbicide must be a certified private applicator or be licensed in an appropriate category.
  • This applies to anyone who handles the newly labeled paraquat in any way, including mixing, loading, applying, transporting, disposing or cleaning containers of the herbicide.

 

  • The training must be successfully completed once every three years.

 

  • Any grower with questions, can contact our Structural Pest and Pesticides office at 919-733-35556.