Rules surrounding new weed-fighting technologies don’t make for a short, or uncomplicated, list, says Ples Spradley.
First off, “Applications of products (Xtendimax, Enlist Duo and Engenia) shall not be made to Enlist or Xtend seed technologies without’” completing new training, the Arkansas Extension pesticide safety education specialist told the crowd at the recent Pigposium 3 in Forrest City, Ark. “If you’re an applicator – private, commercial, non-commercial or commercial applicator technician – and will use those herbicides on those technologies, you must go through our training. The new regulations state that you cannot apply Xtendimax in Arkansas between April 15 and September 15, with a limited exception for pasture applications.”
To buy these products “you must have a restricted use pesticide license because they’re state restricted use. To apply them to the crops with the new technologies, you must take and pass our training.”
Burndown applications or applications not made to Enlist or Xtend crops don’t require this training.
Besides the training modules, there are two tests; one on 2,4-D and one on dicamba. To pass, you must score a 90 on each. (Note: the tests and more information can be found at: http://bit.ly/AR-Engenia-Enlist)
To take advantage of the online course, “the first thing you do is go to the page and set up an account. After setting up an account a link to the training will be sent by e-mail. You’ll then need to register for the training.