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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

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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

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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)

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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,

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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

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Third Annual National Pesticide Safety Education Month – February 2020

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

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EPA Approves Use of 10 New Pesticide Products for Hemp

Last Month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it has approved 10 pesticides for use on Hemp for the 2020 growing season. Nine of these products are biopesticides and one is a conventional pesticide. This expands the tools producers

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If the Glove Doesn’t Fit (the job!), You Must Quit

Many pesticides require the use of gloves during one or more pesticide-handling or early-entry operations in order to reduce pesticide exposure. Often, it is our hands that are most likely to become contaminated when handling pesticides. But different pesticides may

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Elements of Good Pesticide Storage

With the outdoor growing season winding done, applicators are storing pesticides until next year. Storing these pesticides properly helps to protect your investment and protect other persons and environment. Because the amount of pesticides stored varies considerably from farm to

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Heligen® is Registered under Section 24(c) to Manage Corn Earworm in Industrial Hemp in Kentucky

A naturally occurring baculovirus (Helicoverpa zea nucleopolyhedrovirus) with the commercial name of Heligen® was registered in Kentucky under FIFRA Section 24(c) (Heligen 24c KY190041 SLN Acknowledgement Letter_20190925). This is a highly specific virus used to control corn earworm (Helicoverpa zea)

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