Soybean growers who wish to use any dicamba crop protection product this spring are encouraged to attend one of several training sessions beginning Feb. 12.
The meetings, set for various locations across the state, are sponsored by Monsanto, which manufactures the approved dicamba product, Xtendimax.
According to new label changes, growers and custom applicators must attend one of the training sessions and obtain the certification in order to spray dicamba in crop this year”, said Addison Spolyar, Monsanto’s Chemistry Account Manager for Michigan.
“Restricted use pesticides have required licenses for many years,” she said, “but this is the first time that designated training is required for this specific product. It’s important to use this technology in order to combat our growing weed resistance problem and continue to achieve strong weed control and yields. Xtendimax is a great tool, and we need to protect it as viable option.”
Certification trainings will inform growers of the necessary application requirements that will prevent any off target movement is also a good idea for farmers who want to continue to be good neighbors and not take the risk of harming crops adjacent to the dicamba-sprayed soybean fields.
“We all want to be good stewards, and
these trainings are just one of the ways Monsanto is reaching out to help farmers understand the most effective way to use the product and achieve effective weed control. In addition, Monsanto has initiatives in place like the Roundup Ready Plus program that allows growers to earn rebates for using residual herbicides, she said.
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