2020 Pesticide Information

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2020 Pesticide Information
Scotland County Pesticide Applicators

Private Applicator Safety (V) classes

There will be two Private Applicator Safety (V) classes this winter at the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Scotland County office in Laurinburg. The safety class is for anyone in the final year of their 3-year license cycle.

January 13, 6–8 p.m. (Please RSVP for this class at 910-277-2422)

January 22, from 9–11 a.m.

Crop Classes with X Credits

The following commodity meetings will be offering private X, as well as commercial pesticide credits:

February 3 – Richmond Auxin Training 1 p.m.
N.C. Cooperative Extension of Richmond County (1-hour X credit)

February 10 – Area Cotton Meeting 5–8 p.m.
Hoke/Robeson Cotton Gin (2-hour credit)
RSVP for this meeting by February 3 at 910-277-2422

March 4 – Area Graining Meeting 12:30–3 p.m.
Robeson Ag and Events Center
followed by the Area Herbicide Auxin Training 4–5 p.m.
(1-hour credit)

Pesticide School & Test

Pesticide schools are co-taught by N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and Cooperative Extension. They are designed for new private applicators, as well as to cover the basics for new commercial applicators. The schools are 1 & ½ days with the afternoon of the 2nd day offering pesticide tests. There will be a pesticide school in Fayetteville at the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Cumberland County. Pre-registration is required for both the school and pesticide tests.

February 11 & 12 – Test and School
N.C. Cooperative Extension of Cumberland County (301 East Mountain Drive, Fayetteville, NC)

Cost to attend is $25- preregistration is required 910-321-6860
Pesticide test offered 2nd day at 1 p.m.

Attendance of the school is NOT required to take the test.

Register online or call 919-515-3113.

Pesticide test only

January 22 – N.C. Cooperative Extension of Robeson County
Pre-register by January 17 at 910-671-3276

Respirator Fit Test
Please see the attached information sheet concerning respirator regulations in NC.

A fit test will be offered on February 25 at the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Scotland County office. We will have a limited number of slots available for testing so you must pre-register at 910-277-2422.

We will be offering fit testing only. We will have a selection of respirators on hand (demo only – you will need to purchase them on your own afterward) and will be offering the required certification and paperwork.

We will not be offering the medical examination/clearance. You will have to do this on your own.

2020 Herbicide Auxin Info (Dicamba and 2,4-D)

2020 Auxin Herbicides – Best Management Practices Training
Due to continuing issues with Dicamba & 2,4-D off-target drift across the country, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has continued the revised labels for dicamba products registered for application on Xtend soybeans and XtendFlex cotton. One of the requirements is mandatory training for all applicators prior to use in 2020. Anyone who plans to use these products must have a pesticide license. If you are planning to use any XtendiMax, Engenia, or FeXapan as a weed control option in Xtend soybeans and cotton OR any Enlist Duo in Enlist cotton and soybeans you are required to attend the training.

This training, presented by NC State University Weed Specialists and organized in cooperation with N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will fulfill the training requirement mandated by federal and 24(c) labels of dicamba containing products registered for over-the-top use on dicamba-tolerant cotton and soybeans. The training will also meet 24(c) label requirements for 2,4-D choline containing products for over-the-top use on 2,4-D-tolerant cotton and soybeans in North Carolina.

Here are dates for the auxin trainings in our area:

February 3 N.C. Cooperative Extension of Richmond County
(123 Caroline St, Rockingham, NC)
1 p.m.
Contact Anthony Growe at 910-997-8255

There will be two auxin trainings on Wednesday, March 4 at two separate locations.

The first is 11 a.m. to noon at the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Bladen County office, 450 Smith Circle in Elizabethtown. Please contact the office at 910-862-4591 to RSVP.

The second is in Lumberton – 4 to 5 p.m. at the Southeast Agricultural Center, 1027 US-74 ALT in Lumberton. This is immediately following the Tri-County Grain Production Meeting which will start at 12:30 p.m. Please contact Mac Malloy at 910-671-3276 by February 26 at 5 p.m. if you plan to attend.

Paraquat Info

Paraquat Training Requirement
All pesticide products containing paraquat-dichloride (paraquat) are restricted-use pesticides and require a pesticide license to spray. Trade names include, but are not limited to Gramoxone, Para-SHOT, Parazone, Quick-Quat, Firestorm, or Helmquat.

New labeling of these products (appearing as soon as December 2019) requires that any person who intends to use paraquat must be a certified private applicator or licensed in an appropriate category, and is required to successfully complete the “How to Safely Use and Handle Paraquat-Containing Pesticides” training. “Uses” includes mixing and loading the pesticide; applying the pesticide; and other pesticide-related activities, such as transporting or storing opened pesticide containers, cleaning equipment, and disposing of excess pesticides, pesticide containers, and other paraquat-containing materials. The paraquat training certificate is not required for purchasing the product, but a RUP (Restricted Use Pesticide) certificate or pesticide license is.

**Non-certified persons working under the supervision of a certified applicator are prohibited from using paraquat including any of the “use” activities mentioned above.**

The online training is being revised by the National Pesticide Education Center (NPSEC) and is expected to be available in early-January 2020. Spanish versions of the online training (both Mexican Spanish and Puerto Rican Spanish) are expected to follow the English version. However, applicators don’t have to wait until early January to complete the training; the current training is available and still valid. Access it online. Materials are also being developed for face-to-face trainings and should be available in early January 2020.

Once the certified applicator successfully completes the training, a certificate will be automatically generated. Per the new labeling, applicators are required to retain certificates of training completion. The training must be retaken every three years.

The EPA is allowing the sale of paraquat that is already in the channels of trade, so some paraquat available for purchase may NOT have the new training requirement on the label. Growers that currently have a supply of paraquat that does not have the new labeling listing the required training are not required to complete the training.