A new round of mandatory auxin training workshops are coming to North Carolina in 2018 because of new labeling updates. NC Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler gives us the details.
- January and February are not typically busy times in the fields. Nonetheless, it is a busy time for farmers as they prepare for the upcoming season, repairing or buying new equipment, planning what crops to grow and attending industry related meetings.
- Calendars can get busy for farmers at the beginning of the year, so I wanted to provide a heads up about new mandatory training requirements for 2018 for use of auxin products.
- Label revisions for Engenia, XtendiMax and Fexapan require approved training before using for the 2018 season, even if you have had training last year.
- Training has been expanded this year to include certified and non-certified applicators. This year most auxin products will be restricted-use pesticides, which simply means that certified operators and any non-certified applicators who apply auxin products under another applicator’s license will have to be trained.
- Our Structural Pest Control and Pesticides Division is working in conjunction with N.C. State University to secure locations across the state and determine dates for these required training sessions. I know we are looking at dates in January, February and March.
- Once they are confirmed, we will be making that information available on our website, in the Ag Review and on the department’s Facebook page.
- Many will remember that the department and the university held auxin training workshops last year across the state. I think they were very beneficial, and I helped reduce the number of complaints in North Carolina about crop damage from drift of auxin herbicides.
- Tobacco and other crops are sensitive to dicamba and 2,4-D, so it is important to use best management practices when applying them. The training was specifically designed to help farmers understand how to apply these new formulations safely to avoid damaging other crops.
- Turnout was good to last year’s meetings and we expect them to be well attended this year, too.
- If you plan to use these products in 2018, be sure to watch for news about upcoming training.