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January 11 – West Plains Crops Conference, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Sundown Room, South Plains College, Levelland. CEUs available. More info: Kerry Siders, EA-IPM, or Wes Utley, CEA-AG/NR, (806) 894-3159.
January 15– Ochiltree Crop Profitability Meeting, 10 a.m.-Noon, Ochiltree County Expo Center, 402 Expo Drive, Perryton. More info: Scott Strawn, CEA-AG/NR, (806) 435-4501.
January 15 – Southern Mesa Ag Conference, time TBA, Forrest Park Communiy Center, Lamesa. CEUs available. More info: Tommy Doederlein, EA-IPM, or Gary Roschetzsky, CEA-AG/NR, (806) 872-3444.
January 16 – SE Panhandle Ag Conference, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Kathy Fowler Insurance Ball Room, Memphis. CEUs available, cost $10 at the door. More info: Josh Brooks, CEA-AG/NR, (806) 259-3015.
January 17 – South Plains Ag Conference, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Texas Red Wine Event Center, 2127 US 380, Brownfield. CEUs available, including auxin training. Cost $10 at the door. More info: Geoff Cooper, CEA-AG/NR, (806) 637-4060.
January 23 – NW Panhandle Cotton Conference, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Rita Blanca Coliseum, Dalhart. Three CEUs in IPM available. No cost. More info: Mike Bragg, CEA-AG/NR, (806) 244-4434.
January 25 – Caprock Cotton Conference, 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Floyd County Friends Unity Center, Muncy (between Floydada and Lockney on U.S. Highway 70). CEUs available. More info: Cristen Brooks, Floyd County CEA-AG/NR , (806) 983-4912, or Dr. Caitlin Jackson, Crosby County CEA-AG/NR, (806) 675-2347.
January 28 – Top of Texas Cotton Conference, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., M.K. Brown Auditorium, 1100 W. Coronado Drive, Pampa. Three CEUs in IPM available; no cost. More info: Jody Bradford, Carson County CEA-AG/NR, (806) 537-3882.
January 28 – Cotton Pre-Plant Meeting, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Happy State Bank Conference Room, 500 Main St., Silverton. More info: Mason Carter, CEA-AG/NR, (806) 823-2522.
January 29 – Llano Estacado Cotton Conference, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Bailey County Electric Cooperative, 610 E. American Blvd., Muleshoe. CEUs available. More info: John David Gonzales, EA-IPM or Curtis Preston, Bailey County CEA-AG/NR, (806) 252-4583, or Sergio Mendez, Parmer County CEA-AG/NR, (806) 251-5120.
January 30 – Pre-Plant Producers Meeting, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Kuhlman Extension Center, 200 N. Brown Road, Canyon. More info: Dr. J.D. Ragland, CEA-AG/NR, (806) 468-5543.
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.