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The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will host a series of cotton meetings in the South Plains and High Plains May 14-16 to explain new cotton provisions in the farm bill.
Dr. Joe Outlaw, an AgriLife Extension economist and co-director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University in College Station, will discuss how the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 authorized changes to seed cotton as a covered commodity that requires farmers to act on their generic base acres.
The meetings are set for:
Monday, May 14, 2 p.m., Forrest Park Community Center, 814 S. Houston Ave., Lamesa.
Tuesday, May 15, 9 a.m., Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1102 E. Farm-to-Market Road 1294, Lubbock.
Tuesday, May 15, 2 p.m., Ollie Liner Center, 2000 S. Columbia St., Plainview.
Wednesday, May 16, 9 a.m., Fowler Insurance Agency, 123 S. Sixth St., Memphis.
Wednesday, May 16, 2 p.m., Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 6500 W. Amarillo Blvd., Amarillo.
Also to be discussed is the Agricultural & 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 Jackie Smith at 806-746-6101 or DeDe 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 will be hosting several of these training opportunities as follows:
May 15 – Parmer County Extension Office, Bovina, 10 a.m.
June 1 – Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center, 1102 E. FM 1294, Lubbock. 10-11 a.m.
There is no registration fee on any of these training programs and each class will provide one TDA continuing education unit in laws and regulations.
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.