The EPA has extended the registrations for three RUP dicamba products (XtendiMax®, Engenia®, FeXapan™) until December 20, 2020. You must hold a valid applicator's license and receive annual, state-authorized, dicamba- or auxin-specific training to use these products.
There are numerous training opportunities available in Nebraska which will satisfy the 2019 training label requirement for the three RUP dicamba products. These include university-provided sessions and registrant-provided sessions approved by the Nebraska Dept. of Agriculture (NDA).
To view a schedule of training opportunities, visit NDA's dicamba page and look under the
Dicamba Applicator Training dropdown menu. NDA's list of dicamba-trained applicators can also be found here.
Online University Training
In addition to the training sessions listed on NDA's website, UNL has developed an online dicamba training program which will satisfy the 2019 training label requirement for the three RUP dicamba products:
RUP Dicamba Resources
The following is a list of tools and resources that can help you to use the RUP dicamba products safely, legally, and effectively in Nebraska.
DriftWatch – Sensitive Crop Registry
As part of the recordkeeping requirements for the three products, you must document that you checked a sensitive crop registry before the application. It is recommended that you use DriftWatch for this purpose. Because growers of sensitive crops are not required to register their sites on DriftWatch, do not assume that all sensitive crops are included on the map.
NOTE: In addition to checking a sensitive crop registry, you are also required to scout around the application site for sensitive areas. Please consult the product label and NDA's Dicamba Best Management Practices 2019 for more guidance.
EPA Bulletins Live! Two – Endangered Species Protection
In order to protect threatened/endangered species and their habitat, you are required to check EPA's Bulletins Live! Two no more than 6 months prior to the application to determine if your application site is in a use-restriction area. NDA recommends consulting the website about 1 month before the planned application. Use of the three products within these use-restriction areas requires a 57-foot, omnidirectional buffer (in all directions) around the field being treated. Details are listed in the bulletin itself, which can be printed and included as part of your application recordkeeping.
NOAA Solar Calculator
The new labels further restrict the time of day during which applications may take place. No applications are allowed until one hour after sunrise has passed. In addition, no applications are allowed within two hours of sunset or thereafter. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Solar Calculator provides a way to determine the precise (and official) sunrise and sunset times for your location on any given date.
NOTE: This tool does not automatically factor in daylight savings time (DST). If using this tool for a date between March 10 and November 2, 2019, you must click the box next to
DST? to adjust the time accordingly.
Systems and apps intended to provide weather forecasts or up-to-the-minute weather conditions can be helpful when planning a pesticide application. However, they cannot provide information precise enough to satisfy requirements for the RUP dicamba products. Measurements of air temperature, wind speed, and wind direction must be taken by the applicator in-field, at boom height, at both the start and finish of the application.