Mississippi: Online Auxin Herbicide Training Starts Feb. 13

    Agricultural producers interested in purchasing auxin-containing herbicides intended for in-crop use on 2,4-D- or dicamba-tolerant crops must first complete mandatory online training.

    The free, online educational training, offered by the Mississippi State University Extension Service and approved by the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, will be available to producers starting Feb. 13. This training will help growers safely maximize the benefits of these recently approved auxin technologies.

    The self-paced online training may be accessed 24/7 here via most devices, including tablets and personal computers. Producers must achieve a passing score of 70 percent or higher on tests related to each of the six training modules.

    Topics include off-target movement, tank cleanout, herbicide volatility and label details of name-brand technologies.

    After successful completion of the training modules, producers will receive an email verifying proof of training from MDAC. To aid in efficient email notification, individuals completing the training modules should be prepared to provide an email address and their private applicator certificate number during the training registration process.

    People seeking to purchase auxin-containing herbicides intended for in-crop use on 2,4-D- or dicamba-tolerant crops should print the MDAC email and take it with them to a licensed pesticide dealer.

    In Mississippi, other conditions placed on the use of these auxin herbicides prohibit producers from applying herbicides in wind speeds in excess of 10 miles per hour. Applicators are required to keep application records. Licensed pesticide dealers are required to keep records pertaining to the sales of these herbicides. As with all pesticides, producers must also adhere to all label requirements specified by federal agencies.

    For additional information about the training or access to the training modules, contact the MSU Extension Service at 662-325-3226. For information regarding the verification email or regulations governing auxin herbicides, contact MDAC’s Bureau of Plant Industry at 662-325-3390.

    The online training modules may be accessed here. beginning Feb. 13.

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