Dicamba or auxin-specific training was required for the first time last year for anyone who planned to apply Engenia, Xtendimax, or FeXapan herbicides. In-person training in Kansas was provided by the three registrants (BASF, Monsanto, and DuPont) and Kansas State University. On-line training from the registrants was made available later in the spring. At that point in time, it was unclear whether the training was going to be an annual requirement. When the products were re-registered this past fall, it was clearly stated that annual training would be required by anyone who applies those products.
The Kansas Department of Agriculture has indicated that it is the registrants’ responsibility to provide the training. K-State will NOT be providing dicamba applicator training this year. The understanding is that BASF, Bayer, and DuPont will be hosting dicamba applicator training meetings this winter/spring and making on-line training available sometime in the near future. Consult with your local Ag product supplier for possible training meeting dates and locations.
Additional information on dicamba applicator training is available at the following websites:
Dallas Peterson, Weed Management Specialist and Extension Agronomy State Leader