Mississippi’s online auxin herbicide training to begin Feb. 13

Mississippi farmers must complete auxin herbicide training program beginning Feb. 13 before they can purchase new herbicides.

Mississippi farmers who plan to apply the new dicamba or 2,4-D formulations on Xtend or Enlist crops in 2017 must complete an online training course before they can purchase the new products.

The course was written by Mississippi State University Professors Jason Bond, Darren Dodds, Trent Irby and Dan Reynolds and approved by the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce. The course will become available on Feb. 13.

Dr. Reynolds, who holds the Edgar E. and Winifred B. Hartwig Endowed Chair in Soybean Agronomy at Mississippi State, gave producers a sampling of the course during a session at the Delta Ag Expo on Jan. 18 (See accompanying video).

2,4-D and dicamba are sometimes referred to as auxin herbicides. They are relatively old herbicides, which have been placed in new formulations to reduce problems with drift and volatility.

The free, online educational training, which will be available to producers starting Feb. 13, will provide help growers safely maximize the benefits of these recently approved auxin technologies and prevent issues that have led to numerous complaints of crop injury across the Southeast.

The self-paced online training may be accessed 24/7 at http://techoutreach.msucares.com/herbicide-certification-training-starts-feb-13-2017 via most devices, including tablets and personal computers. Producers must achieve a passing score of 70 percent or higher on tests related to each of the six training modules.

Topics include off-target movement, tank cleanout, herbicide volatility and label details of name-brand technologies.

After successful completion of the training modules, producers will receive an email verifying proof of training from MDAC. To aid in efficient email notification, individuals completing the training modules should be prepared to provide an email address and their private applicator certificate number during the training registration process.

Farmers seeking to purchase auxin-containing herbicides intended for in-crop use on 2,4-D- or dicamba-tolerant crops should print the MDAC email and take it with them to a licensed pesticide dealer.

In Mississippi, other conditions placed on the use of these auxin herbicides prohibit producers from applying herbicides in wind speeds of less than 3 miles per hour or in excess of 10 miles per hour. Applicators are required to keep application records. Licensed pesticide dealers are required to keep records pertaining to the sales of these herbicides. As with all pesticides, producers must also adhere to all label requirements specified by federal agencies.

For additional information about the training or access to the training modules, contact the MSU Extension Service at 662-325-3226. For information regarding the verification email or regulations governing auxin herbicides, contact MDAC’s Bureau of Plant Industry at 662-325-3390.

The online training modules may be accessed at http://techoutreach.msucares.com/herbicide-certification-training-starts-feb-13-2017 beginning Feb. 13.

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