Ahead of the 2018 growing season, Monsanto is spearheading hundreds of free, in-person training sessions to help farmers with the proper use of low-volatility dicamba formulations to control weeds in the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System.
The use (or misuse) of dicamba was one of the most talked-about issues of the 2017 growing season. Under the new federal Restricted Use Pesticide label, training is mandatory for all applicators prior to using low-volatility dicamba, including XtendiMax Herbicide with VaporGrip Technology. This system has been approved for use in 33 states in 2018, and seven of those states (Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina and Tennessee) require that applicators attend training sessions provided by the state. Monsanto will work on providing training in the other 26 states.
Growers can visit Monsanto’s site to review training dates and locations and to register to attend. New training dates are being added to the site regularly.
Monsanto’s training sessions focus on compliance with the product label, application requirements, required record keeping, understanding of susceptible/sensitive crops, window of application and understanding environmental conditions such as inversions, along with other important topics. The training sessions last approximately 90 minutes, and participants will receive a certificate of completion.