Local seed company sponsors mandatory Dicamba training event(s)

March 21, 2018

Abbey Whitaker, Coordinator of Communications 

Farmers know the difference between LiberyLink® soybeans and Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybeans.

I can now safely say that I do too.

If you were to have asked me that 6 months ago, however, I would have given you a quite perplexed look and zoned out of the conversation completely.

The process for me to learn the ins and outs of this industry has, and will, take some time. I can definitely re-assure you, though, that I know what I am talking about when it comes to spraying dicamba on your crops.

You might be asking, ‘why would a communications whiz know an abundant amount of information on this specific topic?’

1st Choice Seeds® was privileged with the opportunity to sponsor Private Applicators Recertification Program (PARP) meetings discussing the restricted use of dicamba, and guess who was the lucky gal to attend them all? You guessed it right; me.

We market Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybeans. These dicamba tolerant soybeans require our customers to know the label requirements as they prepare for the 2018 season.

1st Choice Seeds sponsors mandatory dicamba training events for 2018

Attending multiple dicamba meetings is not a bad thing, though. I definitely enjoyed getting to see our local farmers and also be up-to-date on the latest news in the agriculture world. In a sense, it made me almost feel like I was going to be out there in the fields with the farmers.

I wanted to give a low-down and share briefly what I learned at these meetings, and why it is important to stay up on all the latest details with dicamba.

  • Prior to applying, applicators must complete dicamba or auxin-specific training.
  • Certified applicators wanting to spray must keep records for a period of 2 years.
  • Applicators must not apply when wind is blowing toward adjacent susceptible crops.
  • The required label buffer must be maintained, minimum 110 ft buffer at 22 fl oz/A rate.
  • Only spray between sunrise and sunset.
  • Ammonium sulfate and ammonium-based additives are prohibited.
  • Apply 22 fluid ounces per acre for any single, in-crop application in crops with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® and XtendFlex® Technologies.
  • Apply when wind speed, measured at boom height, is between 3 and 10 mph.
  • Only use approved nozzles within specified pressures.
  • The spray volume is a minimum of 15 gallons of spray solution per acre.
  • Use only approved tank-mix partners.
  • Do not exceed boom height of 24 inches above target pest or crop canopy.
  • Ensure that entire sprayer system is properly cleaned before and after using product.
  • Do not exceed 15 mph ground speed.

For best results, the weeds should be less than 4 inches tall when being sprayed. Along with that, never spray during an inversion. Temperature inversions can cause conditions to be right for drifting to non-target areas. Inversions are most common during night time hours, but can happen at any time!

Other questions regarding dicamba should be directed to our Seed Specialists or by clicking this link.