Field Crop News for February 2020

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Upcoming Programs and Training

INDUSTRIAL HEMP MEETING
February 6, 4 p.m., Warren County Armory Civic Center. The latest updates on industrial hemp, based on production research at NC State University and N.C. A&T State University. We will also have information on the N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services licensing process. Registration is required (Register online or call 919-496-3344).
REGIONAL GRAIN PRODUCTION MEETING
February 20, 5–7 p.m., N.C. Cooperative Extension, Franklin County Center Annex. A catered meal will follow the presentations. Sponsored by the NC Soybean Producers Association and featuring the latest updates from the NC State Extension specialists listed below. Pesticide credits in the MNODX categories will be offered. Registration is required (Register online or call 919-496-3344).
  • Angela Post, Small Grains Production
  • Rachel Vann, Soybean Extension Specialist
  • Wes Everman, Soybean Weed Management
  • Eric Edwards, Ag & Resource Economics
WILDLIFE DAMAGE AND MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES
February 21, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Granville Expo Center. Presentation on deer damage, feral hogs, coyotes, beavers, and other nuisance species. Includes a trap-setting demo. Registration is required (Register online or call 919-496-3344).
AUXIN HERBICIDE TRAINING

March 19, 3 p.m., Vance County Regional Farmers Market. This annual training is required for pesticide applicators who apply auxin herbicides to newly developed tolerant crops (e.g., cotton and soybeans).

Qualifies for 1 hour of pesticide credit in categories DNOX.

Registration is required ( Register online or call 919-496-3344).

List of Pesticide Recertification classes:
Private Applicator Recertification Trainings (Category V – 2 hours)
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
6:30–8:30 p.m.
 N.C. Cooperative Extension, Franklin County Center Annex
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
10 a.m.–noon
N.C. Cooperative Extension, Franklin County Center Annex
Please check your transcript that was mailed to you by the NCDA&CS Pesticide Division to determine if you need to come to one of these trainings. If you need credits, please call the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Franklin County office at 919-496-3344 to register for one of the training sessions listed above.
Training Requirements for Auxin Herbicides
Although there are no label changes for 2020, anyone planning to apply dicamba products such as Xtendimax, Fexapan, Tavium, or Engenia must attend training for the 2020 growing season. Anyone applying 2,4-D products such as Enlist Duo or Enlist One must also complete the training. N.C. Cooperative Extension and NC State University have partnered with the NCDA&CS Pesticide Division to offer 31 training sessions across NC through March 26.
Training Requirements for Paraquat Applicators
New labeling of products containing paraquat-dichloride, often simply referred to as paraquat, requires anyone who intends to use the herbicide to be a certified private applicator or to be licensed in an appropriate category. Anyone who plans to use the newly labeled paraquat products must successfully complete training once every three years. The requirement applies not only to applicators, but also to anyone who handles the newly labeled paraquat in any way, including mixing, loading, applying, transporting, and/or disposing of or cleaning containers of the herbicide. Noncertified persons working under the supervision of a certified applicator are prohibited from handling paraquat in any way. Paraquat trade names include but may not be limited to the following: Gramoxone, Par-SHOT, Parazone, Quick-Quat, Firestorm and Helmquat. The training is currently only available online at the Paraquat Training website. Once completing the online training you will need to print your certificate and maintain for your records. For more information on paraquat training contact your local office.
Registration is required for all meetings!