The Texas Department of Agriculture will require special training in 2018 for new auxin herbicides applied under a Section 3 approval on dicamba-tolerant and 2,4-D-tolerant cotton.
To meet this requirement, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office Bosque County will host a training – Jan. 19, at the Bosque County Extension Office located at 104 S Fuller, Meridian, Texas.
The program will be from 12:00 p.m. till 1:00 p.m. There will be no registration fee. Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch to eat while watching the program. Each class will provide one TDA continuing education unit on Laws and Regulations.
“TDA is requiring auxin-specific herbicide training for those using the new formulations of dicamba (Xtendimax, FeXapan and Engenia),” said Dr. Gaylon Morgan, AgriLife Extension Cotton Specialist, College Station. “The auxin training is required for all applicators including licensed applicators and unlicensed applicators who spray under a licensed applicator.” Xtendimax, FeXapan and Engenia were approved for use in XtendFlex, the dicamba-tolerant cotton from Monsanto. Training is not required for the use of Enlist, the new 2,4-D tolerant cotton from Dow AgroSciences. The information provided will still be applicable for producers planning to use Enlist technology. Enlist is included in several varieties in the PhytoGen Cottonseed company brand while XtendFlex is in several varieties from Deltapine, Americot/NexGen, All-Tex/Dyna-Gro and CROPLAN Genetics brands.
The training is not required for producers who will use the old formulations such as Weedmaster, Clarity or Banvel. “Last year there were issues in other cotton-growing regions,” Jourdan Bell, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agronomist, Amarillo. “Fortunately, there were very few issues reported in Texas. As we plan for our 2018 cotton crop, we want to be proactive and promote stewardship of the new dicamba formulations so we can maintain the technology in Texas.” Bell said when the Environmental Protection Agency approved the registration for XtendiMax, FeXapan and Engenia, it was a two-year conditional registration.
More information about the requirements from TDA can be found at https://agrilife.org/texasrowcrops/current-news/.
For more information or to RSVP, call 254-435-2331 or complete the form below.