SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Whether you’re a farmer, commercial operator or someone mixing or loading dicamba for soybean application, you are required to undergo certification once again this year.

“I’m running in to a lot of growers who think that because they went last year, they don’t have to go to training again, and that is not the case,” said Jean Payne, Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association president.

Pesticide applicators who desire to use dicamba herbicides that are labeled for use in soybeans must participate in special dicamba training prior to using these herbicides in 2019. The product use labels for these herbicides require annual training.

The training certificate that applicators received from attending dicamba training last year will not be accepted as proof of training for use of these products in 2019.

Applicators using these products without meeting the annual training requirement will be in violation of the Illinois Pesticide Act.

IFCA partnered with the University of Illinois and the Illinois Department of Agriculture to ensure that dicamba training is offered following most of the private applicator training and testing clinics this winter.

Everyone is welcome, and there is no charge to attend the dicamba training.

However, IFCA requests that you pre-register to help ensure there is enough room at each location to accommodate the attendees.

Those who attend the classes will receive a training certificate. In addition to the classes held following the applicator clinics, several ag retailers also are hosting dicamba training classes.

There are several upcoming dicamba training classes in January. They are:

  • Jan. 9 in Rock Falls, Olney and Carmi.
  • Jan. 10 in DeKalb as part of the Northern Illinois Farm Show.
  • Jan. 14 in Bloomington.

Additional classes also are available in February and March.

To see the list of available classroom training and to register, go to www.ifca.com/illinoisdicambatraining or contact IFCA at 309-827-2774. This website features helpful information about the use of dicamba on soybeans.

Later this winter, online training also will be available to fulfill the annual training requirement. But for those with limited computer access or the desire to have a question and answer opportunity in person with a qualified dicamba trainer, classroom training is recommended.

There are many changes in the use instructions for these products that must be clearly understood by the applicators, including new protections for endangered terrestrial dicot plant species that impact dicamba use in 29 Illinois counties.

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