New Training Requirements for Spraying Specific Herbicides

Beginning in January, the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries Pesticide Management Division implemented new requirements related to the application of all products containing 2,4-D or dicamba intended to be used in conjunction with 2,4-D or dicamba tolerant crops. Farmers and applicators are required to complete a four-hour mandatory training and must comply with wind speed restrictions not to exceed 10 miles per hour during any application.

The  training is intended to assist applicators with reducing incidents of herbicide drift to susceptible crops, technical application methods, tank cleanout, and information about the new chemistries. The producer, certified applicator or person responsible for the application of these products on cotton and soybeans must receive this training. The training sessions will be conducted by he Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES).

Commercial applicators will receive pesticide recertification, and certified crop advisors will receive 10 points upon completion of the training.

The cost for this training is $10.00 which includes the cost of lunch or dinner that will be provided. To register for the training on-line, go to www.aces.edu/go/707

A list of the remaining training dates and locations is available below. For questions or more information about the training requirements, please call 334-240-7243.