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Revised Labels for Dicamba Products and Mandatory Training Requirements

In October 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved revised labeling for new formulations of dicamba products that are marketed as Engenia (BASF), Xtendimax (Monsanto), and FeXapan (DuPont).  These new herbicides were developed in conjunction with the release of dicamba-tolerant

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On-line Notification System for Applicators to Communicate with Local Beekeepers

There has been some controversy surrounding the use of some pesticides and their effect on pollinator health, particularly honey bees. Dr. Tammy Potter, state apiarist, at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture has developed an online tool to facilitate communication among

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Pesticide certification: Who needs it?

There has been some confusion with respect to who is required to have pesticide certification — either private or commercial certification. This article is based on information provided by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) to clarify this issue. KDA

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Adjuvants and Surfactants; Some Labels Require Them

I have had several contacts with applicators this summer who stated “I used product X according to recommendations and it didn’t work at all.” After making sure they used the correct rates, had thorough coverage, and used the correct product

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Dealing with Pesticide Spills

A spill is an accidental release of any amount of pesticide, small or large. Spills on public highways, such as when a tank on a truck overturns, usually have major consequences. Failure to respond quickly and appropriately to such mishaps

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Avoiding Pesticide Drift Is the Applicator’s Responsibility

Language and restrictions regarding pesticide drift vary among products, but all put the responsibility clearly with the applicator. One insecticide label states: Only apply this product if the wind direction favors on-target deposition. Do not apply when the wind velocity

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Spray Equipment Cleanup Saves Time and Money

Time spent in sprayer cleanup can reduce maintenance downtime and even cause costly crop injury. If you will be applying the same product the next day, then flushing the system with water may be sufficient. That will wash out accumulations

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