The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s 2020 Tennessee Valley Crop Production Meeting and Dicamba Training is happening Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the Calhoun Community College Aerospace Building in Tanner.
The meeting beginning at 10 a.m. will cover production topics including thrips, plant bug and bollworm management, resistant ryegrass management, weed control systems, production systems, and more, according to County Extension Coordinator Donna Shanklin.
Speakers for the meeting will include, Extension Entomologist Barry Freeman, Extension Cotton Specialist Dr. Steve Brown, Extension Weed Specialist Dr. Steve Li, Extension Weed Specialist Dr. David Russell, and Extension Crops Agronomist Tyler Sandlin.
Dicamba training will begin that afternoon.
“If you have plans to use dicamba this growing season, you are required to attend the meeting,” Shanklin said.
Dicamba is a benzoic acid herbicide that can be applied to leaves or soil to control annual and perennial broadleaf weeds in grain crops and grasslands, according to Cornell University.
“Alabama Cooperative Extension System crop specialists will provide auxin herbicide trainings in 16 locations throughout the state to fulfill Xtendimax, FeXapan and Engenia label requirements,” Shanklin added.
Herbicide training is intended to help reduce incidents of herbicide drift to susceptible crops, teach applicators technical application methods and proper tank cleanout, and provide information about new chemistries, according to ACES registration site.
Commercial applicators who attend the training will receive pesticide recertification credit upon completion, and certified crop advisors will also receive points, the site states.
Registration for the training is $15. To register, visit https://secure.touchnet.net/C20021_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=3537&SINGLESTORE=true.
For more information, contact the Lawrence County Extension Office at 256-974-2464.
Tyler Sandlin or Andy Page may also be contacted directly for questions or additional information. Contact Sandlin at 256-777-0307, or by emailing Tns0012@auburn.edu. Page can be reached by calling 256-280-7075, or by emailing Awp0009@auburn.edu.