The following is a list of upcoming area ag conferences, meetings, & workshops.

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October 4 - Seed Cotton Program Educational Meeting, 9 a.m., Crosbyton Library, 114 W. Aspen St., Crosbyton. More info: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension - Crosby County, 806-675-2347.

October 8 - Swisher County Cotton Tour, 8:30 a.m., Tule Creek Gin, located 4 miles south of Tulia on Texas Highway 87. Lunch served, three CEUs available (1-General, 1-Drift, 1-IPM). More info: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension - Swisher County, 806-995-3726.

October 16 - Seed Cotton Program Educational Meeting, 8 a.m.-Noon, Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center, 1/2 mile east of Interstate 27 on FM 1294 (Exit 11), north of Lubbock. More info: 806-723-8412.


Mandatory Auxin-Specific Herbicide Trainings Scheduled for Dicamba Applicators

            The Texas Department of Agriculture requires special training in 2018 for new auxin herbicides applied under a Section 3 approval on dicamba-tolerant cotton.
            The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has hosted several of these training opportunities.
In addition, the BASF Online Auxin Training Module is now approved for Dicamba Training in TX, OK, and NM.

Please visit to complete the required training.

            Dicamba tolerant cotton and soybean varieties were brought to the market in 2015 and 2016, respectively, and were followed in 2017 by the newly registered dicamba herbicides formulated specifically to have lower volatility. Following a challenging launch in 2017 of these newly registered herbicides in some states, the EPA worked with companies registering the new dicamba formulations to make revisions to those product labels in an effort to reduce incidence of off-target movement during application. In mid-October, revised labels for XtendiMax® with VaporGrip® Technology, Fexapan Plus VaporGrip® Technology, and Engenia® herbicide were approved and released by the EPA and the corresponding companies, Monsanto, DuPont and BASF, respectively.

            Notable revisions include the addition of new restrictions as well as clarifications to previous label language. New restrictions include the following:

            While restricted use classification and record keeping are currently in effect for these products in Texas, the mandatory auxin-specific training for all applicators is a new change that applies to not only those with an applicators license but also to those making applications under someone else's license. This requires awareness for all applicators to ensure their ability to use these herbicides in 2018 and in subsequent years.

            Clarifications to label language include but are not limited to what qualifies as a "susceptible" or "sensitive" crop, requiring the use of downwind buffers, clarification around temperature inversions and restricting the application time to only include sunrise to sunset, tightening the windspeed window from 3-15mph down to 3-10mph, and amplifying the language on sprayer cleanout to prevent cross-contamination.

            The Texas Department of Agriculture has approved the auxin-specific herbicide training for applicators that will be provided through Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and allied industry. This training aims to educate applicators on the requirements and practices for keeping these dicamba based products on-target and will satisfy the newly mandated auxin-specific training requirement.

From Texas Row Crops, by Scott Nolte, State Extension Weed Scientist; Gaylon Morgan, State Extension Cotton Specialist; Josh McGinty, Extension Agronomist at Corpus Christi; Pete Dotray, Weed Scientist at Lubbock.

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