The following is a list of upcoming area ag conferences, meetings, & workshops.

If you have an addition or edit to this list, or if you have a flyer or an agenda you'd like to link, please email maryjane@plainscotton.org.

2018 AG CONFERENCES, MEETINGS & WORKSHOPS

            March 1 – Permian Basin Cotton Conference, G.C. Broughton Jr. Ag Complex on the campus of Howard College, 2411 Echols Drive, Big Spring. Info: Tommy Yeater, CEA-Ag/NR, (432) 264-2236.

            April 3
– Multi-County Cotton Meeting, Ochiltree County Expo Center, 402 Expo Drive, Perryton. Info: JR Sprague, CEA-Ag/NR, 806-862-4601; Scott Strawn, CEA-Ag/NR, 806-435-4501.

If you have another conference to add to this list, or if you have an agenda you'd like to link, please email maryjane@plainscotton.org or call (806) 792-4904.

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Mandatory Auxin-Specific Herbicide Trainings Scheduled for Dicamba Applicators

            The Texas Department of Agriculture requires special training in 2018 for new auxin herbicides applied under a Section 3 approval on dicamba-tolerant cotton.
            The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be hosting several of these training opportunities as follows:

February 20 – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office – Terry County, 209 S. 5th St., Brownfield, Noon-1 p.m.

February 20 – 287 Steakhouse, Dumas (sponsored by Sanders), 10 a.m.

February 21 – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office – Hockley County, Levelland, 9-10 a.m.

February 21 Littlefield Show Barn, 1-2 p.m.

February 22 – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office – Cochran County, Morton, 10-11 a.m.

February 20 – Parmer County Extension Office, Bovina, 10 a.m.

February 22 – Crosbyton Library, Crosbyton, 9 a.m.

February 26 – CPS, Fieldton, Noon

February 27 – Bailey County Extension Office, Muleshoe, 10 a.m.

February 27 – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office - Lubbock County, 916 Main Street, Suite 401, Lubbock. 10-11 a.m.

February 27 – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office – Yoakum County, 901 Avenue G, Plains, Noon-1 p.m.

February 28 – Lynn County English Version WPS, BE Implement, Tahoka, 10 a.m.

February 28 – Lynn County English Version Auxin, BE Implement, Tahoka, 11 a.m.

February 28 – Lynn County Spanish Version WPS, BE Implement, Tahoka, 12:30 p.m.

February 28 – Lynn County Spanish Version Auxin, BE Implement, Tahoka, 1:30 p.m.

March 6 – Castro County Extension Office, Dimmitt, 10 a.m.

March 7 – Ag Products Facility, Levelland, Noon

March 8 – Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center, 1102 E. FM 1294, Lubbock. 10-11 a.m.

March 9 – Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center, 6500 W. Amarillo Blvd., Amarillo. 8:30-9:30 a.m.

March 9 – Hale County AgriLife Extension office, Plainview, 9 a.m.

March 13 – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office - Lubbock County, 916 Main Street, Suite 401, Lubbock. 10-11 a.m.

March 13 – Parmer County Extension Office, Bovina, 10 a.m.

March 20 – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office - Lubbock County, 916 Main Street, Suite 401, Lubbock. 10-11 a.m.

March 20 – Bailey County Extension Office, Muleshoe, 10 a.m.

March 20 – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office – Terry County, 209 S. 5th St., Brownfield, Noon-1 p.m.    

March 21 Littlefield Show Barn, 9-10 a.m.

March 21 – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office – Yoakum County, 901 Avenue G, Plains, Noon-1 p.m.

March 21 – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office – Hockley County, Levelland, 1-2 p.m.

March 22 – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office – Cochran County, Morton, 10-11 a.m.

March 27 – Castro County Extension Office, Dimmitt, 10 a.m.

April 3 – Ochiltree County Expo Center, Perryton, 8:30 a.m.

April 3 – Parmer County Extension Office, Bovina, 10 a.m.

April 10 – Bailey County Extension Office, Muleshoe, 10 a.m.

April 10 – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office – Terry County, 209 S. 5th St., Brownfield, Noon-1 p.m.

April 11 – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office – Yoakum County, 901 Avenue G, Plains, Noon-1 p.m. 
    
April 12 – Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center, 1102 E. FM 1294, Lubbock. 10-11 a.m.

April 17 – Castro County Extension Office, Dimmitt, 10 a.m.
 
April 24 – Parmer County Extension Office, Bovina, 10 a.m.  

May 1 – Bailey County Extension Office, Muleshoe, 10 a.m.  

May 8 – Castro County Extension Office, Dimmitt, 10 a.m.  

May 15 – Parmer County Extension Office, Bovina, 10 a.m.


            There is no registration fee on any of these training programs and each class will provide one TDA continuing education unit in laws and regulations.

            Dicamba tolerant cotton and soybean varieties were brought to the market in 2015 and 2016, respectively, and were followed in 2017 by the newly registered dicamba herbicides formulated specifically to have lower volatility. Following a challenging launch in 2017 of these newly registered herbicides in some states, the EPA worked with companies registering the new dicamba formulations to make revisions to those product labels in an effort to reduce incidence of off-target movement during application. In mid-October, revised labels for XtendiMax® with VaporGrip® Technology, Fexapan Plus VaporGrip® Technology, and Engenia® herbicide were approved and released by the EPA and the corresponding companies, Monsanto, DuPont and BASF, respectively.

            Notable revisions include the addition of new restrictions as well as clarifications to previous label language. New restrictions include the following:

            While restricted use classification and record keeping are currently in effect for these products in Texas, the mandatory auxin-specific training for all applicators is a new change that applies to not only those with an applicators license but also to those making applications under someone else's license. This requires awareness for all applicators to ensure their ability to use these herbicides in 2018 and in subsequent years.

            Clarifications to label language include but are not limited to what qualifies as a "susceptible" or "sensitive" crop, requiring the use of downwind buffers, clarification around temperature inversions and restricting the application time to only include sunrise to sunset, tightening the windspeed window from 3-15mph down to 3-10mph, and amplifying the language on sprayer cleanout to prevent cross-contamination.

            The Texas Department of Agriculture has approved the auxin-specific herbicide training for applicators that will be provided through Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and allied industry. This training aims to educate applicators on the requirements and practices for keeping these dicamba based products on-target and will satisfy the newly mandated auxin-specific training requirement.

From Texas Row Crops, by Scott Nolte, State Extension Weed Scientist; Gaylon Morgan, State Extension Cotton Specialist; Josh McGinty, Extension Agronomist at Corpus Christi; Pete Dotray, Weed Scientist at Lubbock.






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