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DES MOINES — The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship announced it has issued a Special Local Need registration for XtendiMax with VaporGrip Technology, FeXapan plus VaporGrip Technology and Engenia herbicides.

The registration outlines topics that must be covered during the auxin-specific (dicamba) training required as part of the EPA product registration.

“We worked closely with Iowa State University to develop these updated training topics,” Mike Naig, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, said in a department news release. “This additional training requirement is specifically for farmers and applicators who will be using dicamba products during the upcoming growing season. This training is separate and distinct from the pesticide applicator continuing instruction courses that are already in place for applicators.”

The department is working with the Agribusiness Association of Iowa to provide a listing of approved training on the website http://DicambaTrainingIowa.org.

The following program topics will be included in all approved 2019 training in Iowa:

  • The use of buffers to reduce pesticide exposure to non-target species.
  • Websites listed on the pesticide label which link to appropriate nozzles, tank mix partners, EPA Bulletins Live and a sensitive crop registry.
  • Weather conditions and timing of application to include wind speed, temperature, humidity and time of day.
  • Sprayer system cleanout and approved tank mixes.
  • Recordkeeping requirements to include crop planting date, buffer requirement, sensitive crop awareness, product label and time of day.

The department will also continue to maintain FieldWatch, the free online registry for apiaries and commercially grown crops sensitive to pesticides. Applicators are encouraged to check FieldWatch before applying pesticides. Iowans with qualifying crops or beehives should register their locations at www.FieldWatch.com.

If there is concern about a specific pesticide misuse incident, Iowans can file an “Incident Report” with the department’s Pesticide Bureau by phoning 515-281-8591 or by emailing the information to pesticides@IowaAgriculture.gov. This report must be filed within 60 days after the alleged date that damages occurred.