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Posted on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 9:00 am

Training for new Dicamba products

New dicamba resistant cotton and soybean varieties have been developed, resistant to XtendiMax, Engenia and FeXipan herbicides. These herbicides have been labeled restricted use by EPA and have additional Tennessee state labeling restrictions.

Only these anti-drift formulations of dicamba are labeled restricted use — Sterling Blue, Banvel, Clarity, etc., are not restricted use. Growers can buy the seed technology without restrictions but must be a Tennessee Certified Private Applicator, plus attend a one-hour training on the new dicamba labeling requirements to either purchase or apply these three products in Tennessee.

A dicamba training module was included in the 2017 Private Applicator training, but this is an additional program to the 2017 training. The training will be offered in Fayetteville at the Extension Office on Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. Fee is $25 for the training.


Private Applicator Pesticide Training

All Tennessee Private Applicator Pesticide Certification cards expired Oct. 21, 2017. If your card ran out or you have never been certified, you will need to attend an initial certification class.

A training for these producers will be held on Monday, Feb. 12, at 1:30 p.m. Fees for this training are $50 to Lincoln County Extension and $25 to Tennessee Department of Agriculture. This training will be held at the Ralph Hastings Building at 208 East Davidson in Fayetteville.

For more details, call Lincoln County Extension at 433-1582. These programs are open to everyone.


Forage Weed Control breakfast

Dr. Neil Rhodes, UT Extension’s forage weed control specialist, will hold a breakfast meeting in Fayetteville on Tuesday, Feb. 20. Breakfast will be at 7:30 a.m., and the program will start at 8 a.m. in the auditorium of the Ralph Hastings Building.

Dr. Rhodes will update attendees on the latest weed control products and methods for pasture and hay. Following the weed control program, representatives of several crop insurance agencies will present a program on the new USDA Pasture, Rangeland and forage Insurance Program.

The Lincoln County Livestock Association is sponsoring breakfast. Please call in reservations by Friday, Feb. 15. This meeting is open to everyone.