Tobacco and other crops are sensitive to dicamba and 2,4-D, so it is important to use best management practices when applying them. Last year, applicators were required to attend training for use of auxin products. The training is specifically designed to help farmers and pesticide applicators understand how to apply these new formulations safely to avoid damaging other crops.
Due to label revisions for Engenia, XtendiMax and Fexapan , training will also be mandatory for the 2018 season.
Training has been expanded this year to include certified and non-certified applicators. This year most auxin products will be restricted-use pesticides, which means that certified operators and non-certified applicators who apply auxin products under another applicator’s license will have to be trained.
The Structural Pest Control and Pesticides Division, in conjunction with N.C. State University, has scheduled 31 training across the state from Jan. 25 through March 12. The training will review how to reduce incidents of herbicide drift by properly setting up your sprayer with the correct nozzles and operating pressure and thoroughly cleaning out your equipment. The protection of sensitive areas and susceptible crops are also discussed.
Even if you attended training in 2017, you must also attend this year. All applicators and pesticide dealers who attend the training will receive 1.5 hours in the categories of N.O,D,X.
Attendees will receive a pocket card (certificate) of completion. It can be used to show to dealers at product purchase and to inspectors during inspections. Other changes for this year include Engenia, XtendiMax and Fexapan now being classified as restricted-use pesticides and require extensive record keeping for each field within 72 hours. The records must also be maintained for two years.
Please see a training schedule below. Contact the Structural Pest Control and Pesticides Division, 919-733-3556.