In October 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency required that soybean and cotton Dicamba products (current XtendiMaxTM, FeXapanTM, and EngeniaTM) be classified as Restricted Use Pesticides (RUPs). This change requires anyone applying these products to be a licensed certified applicator whether for private, commercial, or non-commercial application. There was also a requirement by EPA for additional training on Dicamba use for these three products. This is a special training which is different from the normal local, agronomy and restricted use pesticide certification meetings.
You will find information for training opportunities and information applicators need to know at the Nebraska Department of Agriculture website: http://www.nda.nebraska.gov/pesticide/dicamba.html it includes a suggested new record keeping form to comply with the labels.
Nebraska applicators will be legally licensed for the three products listed above when their name and RUP (Restricted Use Permit) applicator number is listed on the NDA website after the completion of an approved Dicamba training.
Training Options for Area Applicators
1. Attend one of the training sessions in the Central 4.
- – February 27th, 1:00 PM, Valley County Fair Grounds
- – March 12th, 1:00 PM, Loup City Community Center
2. Complete the free, Nebraska Extension online Dicamba course at https://campus.extension.org/login/index.php. You will need to register with a new username and passcode as you cannot use this website course as a guest. Follow the instructions to get certified. You must have a RUP licence number to take the training. Estimated time is 1.5 hrs.
3. Ask your Monsanto, BASF or Dupont representative about any NDA approved training they are sponsoring. The NDA will post these meetings if given the information on their website at: http://www.nda.nebraska.gov/pesticide/dicamba.html. Talk to your seed/chemical dealer.
QUESTIONS: Troy Ingram, UNL Extension Educator, Central 4, Phone: 308-754-5423 or firstname.lastname@example.org