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The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will host another round of cotton meetings in the High Plains June 19-20 and July 12 to explain new cotton provisions in the farm bill.
DeDe Jones, AgriLife Extension risk management program specialist in Amarillo, will update cotton producers on what actions they need to take in the very near future.
Jones will discuss how the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 authorized changes to seed cotton as a covered commodity that require farmers to act on their generic base acres.
Beginning with the crop planted this year, seed cotton is a covered commodity just as other crops and eligible for either Price Loss Coverage, or PLC, or Agricultural Risk Coverage, or ARC.
"Sign-up will be underway soon in many Texas Panhandle counties," Jones said. "These decisions, in a lot of cases, are not simple and need to be taken seriously because they could affect operations for several years to come."
The meetings are set for:
– June 19, 9 a.m., Fair Park Auditorium Reunion Room, at the end of N. Commerce St., Childress.
– June 19, 12 p.m., Bob Wills Community Center, 602 Lyles St., Turkey.
– June 20, 10 a.m., Bura Handley Community Center, 802 10th St., Wellington.
– June 20, 2 p.m., Wheeler County Extension Office, 7939 U.S. Hwy 83, Wheeler.
– July 12, 9 a.m., Randall County Extension Office, 200 Brown Road, Canyon.
– July 12, 1 p.m., Deaf Smith County Extension Office, 903 14th St., Hereford.
Also to be discussed is the Texas A&M Agricultural and Food Policy Center's decision aid tool to help producers understand how the new seed cotton program may affect their Farm Service Agency payments.
The decision aid is located at https://www.afpc.tamu.edu/tools/cotton-base.
For more information, contact Jones at 806-677-5600.
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 www.engeniastewardship.com 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.