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Wednesday, 07 March 2018 12:54

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ROBERT PIERCE
• Leader & Times



For farmers, the 2018 growing season is upon the area, and officials with K-State Research and Extension want producers to be aware that dicamba herbicides are now classified as restricted use pesticides.

“Kansas law has changed, and restrictions are different now,” Seward County Extension Ag Agent Kylee Harrison said. “It’s now going to be a restricted use pesticide. In order to purchase these, there’s two things you have to do.”

Harrison said one of the two options is to be a private applicator.

“That is something they can come here in the office and do,” she said. “They can take the test here in our office and be able to be certified as a private applicator. That’s if you are applying chemical to only your ground, not for your neighbor or relative or anything like that. It has to be your ground.”

The second option, Harrison said, is to have a commercial applicator’s license, something she said producers will have to do elsewhere.

“I can give them information about it and study material, but I cannot actually offer that test here in the office,” she said. “Dodge City is usually the closest.”

No matter the choice, Harrison said producers using dicamba herbicide have to have additional training in order to be able purchase product.

On March 14, along with Meade County’s K-State Research and Extension office, Seward County’s office is offering a training program at the Community Building in Plains.

Harrison said three dicamba herbicides – Engenia, FeXapan and XtendiMax – also have label restrictions when applying.

“Any time a chemical is classified as a restricted use, it just means that purchasing it, you have to have special licensing for it,” she said. “Anybody can’t just go buy it.”

The purpose of these trainings is to cover the label changes in detail and provide information on what applicators need to do to meet requirements.

“The labels for these herbicides include mandatory recordkeeping requirements, a reduced maximum wind speed (from 15 miles per hour down to 10 miles per hour), limited times of day applications can be made (between sunrise and sunset), revised list on sensitive crops and sensitive sites and revised tank-clean out requirements.

Other trainings in Kansas will be sponsored by Extension, as well as BASF, Dow/Dupont and Monsanto, and Harrison said is it will be the responsibility of the applicators to obtain this training before the application of these herbicides.

For a complete list of dicamba trainings, visit www.ksre.k-state.edu/pesticides-ipm/private-applicator.html.

Harrison said Meade County’s Extension office is on board with the March 14 training to allow the trainers to work with more producers in less sessions. 

“The reasoning behind that is because our trainer is very busy doing a lot of these trainings across the state, and anytime Extension can pair up with another county and make it more of a multi-county effort, it’s just a lot easier to try to get some of our specialists, make it more convenient for them to provide these trainings locally,” she said.

For more information on the training, or other agriculture topics, stop by the Extension office at 1081 Stadium Road in Liberal, or call 620-624-5604. Also look online at www.seward.ksu.edu or on Facebook at Seward County KS 4-H& Extension.

 

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