Auxin Herbicide Label Changes

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Changes were made to the labels for dicamba-containing products labeled for over the top use in cotton and soybean. The most notable change includes the following:

Only certified applicators may apply dicamba over the top (those working under the supervision of a certified applicator may no longer make applications).

With this change, two things will be required. First, if the person operating the sprayer does not have a private (farmer) pesticide applicator license, then that  person will have to get one to legally apply dicamba over the top. Secondly, after getting a pesticide license, the applicator must also attend the auxin stewardship training discussed below. To recap, to legally apply dicamba over the top you must first get a pesticide license followed by the auxin stewardship training.

For those interested in receiving a pesticide license, we will have a review session for the pesticide-licensing exam on Friday, January 18, 2019, at the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Pasquotank County Center from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. with a break from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m., followed by testing starting at 11:00 a.m. There is a fee of $10 for taking the test so come prepared to pay.

The next part of this process requires the licensed applicator also take the auxin stewardship training. A slate of auxin stewardship trainings located across the state will be conducted in the coming months.  There will be two in northeast North Carolina.  For Camden, Currituck, and Perquimans counties, it will be on Tuesday, February 26 at 11:00 a.m. at the N.C. Cooperative Extension,Currituck County Center, 120 Community Way, Barco, NC. The other one for Chowan, Gates, and Perquimans counties will be on Tuesday, February 26 at 3:00 p.m. at Leon Nixon’s Catering, 749 Virginia Rd., Edenton, NC (see link below for listing of meetings for auxin stewardship training).

Labels for 2, 4-D choline-containing products (Enlist One and Enlist Duo) do NOT require an applicator be certified to apply these products over the top. However, like in years past, the NC 24(c) label that requires all applicators to take the auxin stewardship training to legally apply 2, 4-D choline over the top remains in effect.

Among the auxin stewardship trainings offered, there are a series of trainings offered in Raleigh mid-March through early-May, 2019. These training will serve to catch any folks who were unable to attend an earlier training in their area. Also, on April 10 at noon in Raleigh, growers/applicators will have the opportunity to receive the training in Spanish from Dr. Ramon Leon.

Additional information on this topic including the other label changes.

If you have questions, please contact the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Pasquotank County Center (252-338-3954).

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2019 Auxin Stewardship Training Schedule