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Alfalfa Weevil and Insecticide Resistance

This past week, I received a report of high levels of alfalfa weevil larvae following an insecticide application. The producer was concerned that the insecticide he was using was not effective. I visited with the grower and collected several hundred

Posted in Forages, Pesticide Topics

Expanded Testing For Commercial Applicator Licenses

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) has expanded the locations for persons to test for commercial and noncommercial applicator licenses. In addition to the Frankfort and Gilbertsville locations that have been the only testing locations during the pandemic, the KDA

Posted in Pesticide Topics

Fourth Annual National Pesticide Safety Education Month – February 2021

February is National Pesticide Safety Education month. This is a time to reinforce the core principles of safe and responsible pesticide use with many audiences. Pesticides are key tools used to manage a diverse group of pests, diseases, and weeds.

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Requirements for Paraquat Training have been Updated

Effective December 31, 2020, new regulations mandate that any paraquat products under 120 gallons distributed or sold by paraquat registrants require a closed system. This also means that the new requirements do not allow for jar testing when testing for

Posted in Pesticide Topics

Pesticide Training and Certification in Kentucky and Covid-19

Applying pesticides safely and effectively takes training and experience. Applying pesticides improperly can result in risks to one’s health, to food safety, and to the environment. From a regulatory perspective, pesticides are classified as either General Use Pesticides (GUP) or

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Limited Testing for Commercial Pesticide Applicators

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there are fewer testing locations for persons needing certification as commercial applicators. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is offering testing in Frankfort and Gilbertsville in western Kentucky. At each location, testing is limited to nine individuals

Posted in Pesticide Topics

Protect your Investments: Store Your Pesticides Properly During Winter

Pesticides aren’t cheap, so it is important to take care of them. Pesticides can become degraded or unusable during the winter months if not stored properly. Some pesticides can be degraded with extreme temperatures or high humidity. This can result

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Dicamba Alternatives for Palmer Amaranth and Waterhemp Control In RR2X Soybean

The EPA has officially canceled the labels of Xtendimax, Engenia, and FeXapan and has ceased the sale and distribution of these three products effective June 3, 2020.   The exception is that farmers and commercial applicators may apply product that was

Posted in Pesticide Topics

Online Paraquat Training Now Available in Spanish

New labeling on paraquat containers requires applicators to complete paraquat certification to purchase and use this herbicide. The website for the mandatory training is listed on the new paraquat labels and is located here.  Applicators using paraquat will need to

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Section 18 for Sivanto Prime on Sweet Sorghum Approved for 2020

Once again, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved a Section 18 Emergency Exemption for Sivanto Prime use against sugarcane aphid on sweet sorghum in 2020. This is the fifth year in a row that the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA)

Posted in Grains, Pesticide Topics

Pest Control and COVID-19

The world is currently facing a pandemic with little historical precedence. In the face of this challenge, we cannot lose sight of the vital importance of proper pest management in protecting people, food, and structures. Therefore, to help individuals make

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Pesticides, Respirators, and Covid-19

There is a critical need for N95 respirators for health care workers to deal with the increasing threat of Covid-19, which means that there are few, if any, respirators available in the marketplace for agricultural pesticide applications.  Some herbicide, fungicide,

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Covid-19 and Pesticide Certification and Licenses

Due to the emergency situation caused by the Covid-19 outbreak and suspension of all face-to-face training meetings and testing for Private Applicators at county Extension offices in Kentucky, we are using the following procedures to certify new private applicators. Similarly,

Posted in Pesticide Topics

EPA Proposes New Limitations on Uses of Neonicotinoid Insecticides

On February 3, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published their proposed interim decisions on neonicotinoid insecticides in the Congressional Federal Register. This review included the active ingredients imidacloprid, thiamethoxam, clothianidin, acetamiprid, and dinotefuran. Some common trade names that include these

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Two Additional Insecticides Are Registered under Section 24(c) to Manage Insect Pests on Hemp in Kentucky

Two additional products recently received Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approval under State Local Need Section 24(c) registrations for use against insect pests on hemp. These are Gemstar, a naturally occurring nucleopolyhedrovirus (HzSNPV), and Agree WG, a biological insecticide effective against

Posted in Hemp, Pesticide Topics