DES MOINES — The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has announced online dicamba/auxin trainings have been approved for farmers and applicators who wish to use dicamba products.

Online trainings or details about any upcoming in-person trainings can be found at http://DicambaTrainingIowa.org. The expanded training requirement is based on the need to provide Iowa farmers and applicators with training around the risks associated with dicamba and should help reduce problems associated with off-target movement.

XtendiMax with VaporGrip Technology Herbicide, DuPont FeXapan Herbicide Plus VaporGrip Technology, and Engenia Herbicide are restricted use pesticides that can only be applied by certified pesticide applicators who have completed the auxin-specific (dicamba) training.

The topics included in the training are: New use pattern for dicamba-tolerant soybeans; application requirements to include wind speed and direction, and use of a buffer; temperature inversions; changes in record-keeping requirements; sprayer tank clean-out; and off target movement.

This article was submitted by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.     v