Regional Auxin Herbicides – Best Management Practices Training
March 3, 2017
Weed control gets easier with the very latest trait technology. Enlist and Xtend traits enable exceptional control against the toughest weeds — while giving you greater application and planting flexibility. With tolerance to a new 2,4-D and glyphosate, Enlist corn, soybeans and cotton build on the Roundup Ready® system. Enlist E3™ soybeans combine tolerance to a new 2,4-D, glyphosate and glufosinate in a single gene insertion for efficient breeding and better varietal performance.
EPA has made changes to these labels and when using these products, you must attend an “official training approved by the NCDA.” A number of you have asked how the training will be enforced. The products registered for Enlist or Xtend crops will be available in NC under a 24(C) Special Local Need label. Only the products specifically registered for use on Enlist or Xtend crops can legally be used on those crops. Inserted below is the language from those labels pertaining to training. Notice it says “must attend”; that is enforceable language. One does not have to attend the training to buy the seed or the chemicals. However, if he/she is caught using any registered auxin product on Enlist or Xtend crops without having the training (tracked through applicator licenses), that is an obvious “use inconsistent with the label.” And, of course, use of any auxin product not specifically registered for Enlist or Xtend crops is a violation.
Industry personnel will be having their own training, and a number of you have asked if attending a program by industry will meet the training needs. The answer is NO. Only the training we have will be approved by NCDA, and hence only that training meets label requirements.
An upcoming regional training in Franklin County has been scheduled for Friday, March 3, 2017, at the Franklin County Extension Center Annex. The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude around 11:00 a.m.
NCDA is giving 2 hours of pesticide credits in the categories N, O, D, and X. We will be discussing proper stewardship only; we will not discuss the routine things like how much to apply, when to apply, what it controls, etc.
To register for this required training please call the Franklin County Extension Office at 919-496-3344.