NC Commissioner Troxler: Virtual Auxin Classes Planned for January, February and March

NCDA&CS and local county agriculture extension offices to offer six virtual Zoom training opportunities for growers. Dates announced for January through March.

  • The start of the year typically ushers in commodity association meetings and trainings, and 2022 is no different.
     
  • Our Pesticides Division and local county cooperative extension offices have planned six live zoom meetings on auxin best management practices.
  • The dates are Jan. 20, Feb. 1, Feb. 17, March 1, March 15 and March 30, with all Zoom meetings beginning at 8:30 a.m.
  • In the past few years, growers who planned to use auxin products were required to take classes to be able to apply the herbicide.
  • The training was designed to limit or prevent damage to other crops by using best management practices. That training has been successful, with North Carolina seeing very few cases of unintentional damage.
  • Nationally, auxin products have come under greater EPA review/regulation with application cut-off dates of June 30 for soybeans and July 30 for cotton, likely limiting their use in North Carolina.
  • North Carolina will not receive approval for 24(c) labels that would change the applications cut-off dates for dicamba.
  • EPA has indicated we should move forward with our training in 2022 with federal labels of Engenia, XtendiMax and Tavium, leading to these live online courses.
  • Registration is required to attend the Live Zoom training, but that can be completed prior to joining the Zoom session. Participants should contact their local county ag extension agent for Zoom link and passcode.
  • Pesticide credits are available for attendees.
  • No partial credit is given for participants arriving late or leaving early. Attendance will be taken at the end of the course and identity verification will be conducted at the beginning of course and after breaks.
  • Growers should mark their calendars to ensure they get this important training. We have had a pretty good track record so far with using auxin products in part because of these training requirements.
  • One of the live meetings will be recorded so county agents can use the video for trainings during winter meetings.