COVID-19 spurs Bayer to move dicamba training online
As many farmers and applicators are working from home and practicing safe social distancing, Bayer is offering dicamba training online for the 2020 growing season.
Bayer officials say online training options provide the same level of certification for the use of over-the-top dicamba chemistries like XtendiMax herbicide with VaporGrip Technology, a restricted use pesticide, as farmers receive in person – while keeping attendees safe from the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and spreading the infection within their communities.
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“These are clearly unique times,” said Alex Zenteno, dicamba product manager at Bayer, in a Bayer news release. “But just as we all work to do our part, like our customers, we’re looking forward to spring planting. For those who are spending more time at home, this is a great time to be productive and get this training under their belts.”
Bayer currently has two online training options for customers and applicators wanting to fulfill their requirements.
- Online computer training. Available 24/7, this self-guided dicamba application training meets the federal label requirements while advancing stewardship of crop protection products now and in the future. Available in English and Spanish, applicators can navigate this module at their own pace.
- Live webinar training. One final live webinar training is scheduled for April 6, which will provide trainees the same information as the self-guided option but with the ability to ask questions live and learn from other participants’ questions during the event.
Many states support online pesticide renewal; however, a handful do not. All applicators are encouraged to check with their state pesticide regulatory agency for training and application requirements locally and how they may have changed in response to COVID-19.
To participate in either form of training, applicators can visit training.roundupreadyxtend.com for more information. Updating annual training for the over-the-top application of dicamba herbicides is mandatory for all farmers and applicators wanting to use the technology.