CELINA — Farmers throughout Ohio gathered in Celina in February for a Dicamba training where they learned about best practices when applying applicators like Xtendimax, a low volatility Dicamba herbicide.
Representatives from Monsanto, an agrochemical company, were the host of the free training. Although the training was free, farmers and applicators are required to attend the training due to an updated EPA label, which mandated that they attend the training before applying theproduct to crops in 2018.
“This mandatory training is to help applicators understand what are the key aspects of these new labels and so that they really have a good experience this upcoming season,” said Ryan Rubischko, Monsanto product manager and marketing lead. “The training materials also incorporate key learnings for this past season so that we can take advantage of those learnings and make sure that we have even greater success.”
During the required training, farmers gained knowledge about buffering requirements, chemistry mixing and handling, nozzle selections, how to apply the application, cleaning procedures and more.
Farmers were taught not to spray the crops when there is a downwind and to use the buffer which will prevent the application from leaving the designated land.
They also learned how much application they should use; what wind speeds are safe to apply the application; what nozzles to use; to not spray between sunrise and sunset; to not exceed a 24-inch boom height; and to only use approved tank-mix partners.
Bob Short, a farmer from Williams County, said he enjoyed the training.
“I think that they did a good job with providing the information and providing it in a way that we can understand it,” said Short. “You know a lot of times when talking to people at chemical companies, they talk over the top of your head and you walk away wondering what did I just hear. But today they did a good job with explaining everything on a lower level.”
Short said the most significant thing he learned was Dicamba has a tendency to drift through the the wind and could eventually disperse into the adjoining fields.
“You have to do a good job of management to ensure that your application stays on your field,” said Short. “I think that that was the main feature of today. I am looking to using them this year in my management program.”
He hopes not only farmers understand the importance of the training, but the community as well.
“I think that it’s important for the people to be aware that it takes more and more technology because we are getting more and more people and it seems like we are getting less and less farmers,” said Short. “We have to improve our programs to grow more food to feed the trillions of people that we have. Any benefits that we can get from the people partners that we work with, the better we are, and it makes our job easier.”
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