BASF has added an online training module to its On Target Application Academy (OTAA) stewardship program.
The module was developed to help meet the demands for increased education of new and advanced herbicide technologies to ensure their proper application and to reduce weed resistance.
The new digital training provides growers and applicators easy-to-access best practices for proper and effective herbicide application, including the application of Engenia herbicide, BASF’s advanced dicamba for use on dicamba-tolerant cotton and soybeans.
“Proper application is critical for success with any crop protection product,” said Dr. Bob Wolf, owner of Wolf Consulting & Research LLC and OTAA trainer. “With easy-to-access herbicide application tips, growers and applicators can improve on-target applications.”
The online module – which can be accessed in the field or at home on any device – includes a series of educational videos that feature tips for a successful application, including drift mitigation, nozzle selection and proper calibration.
Additionally, applicators seeking to earn Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits can qualify for 1.0 CEU by completing the OTAA digital training module.
“BASF is continuing its commitment to stewardship through this one-of-a-kind program,” said Chad Asmus, BASF technical marketing manager. “The newly released module allows BASF to reach more applicators with information that will help steward new technologies and the land for future generations.”
Engenia herbicide, which received full federal registration in December 2016, controls more than 200 broadleaf weeds, including glyphosate resistant weeds in dicamba-tolerant cotton and soybeans. With stakeholder input, BASF developed a comprehensive set of best management practices and label requirements for Engenia herbicide to maximize on-target application and minimize off-target spray drift.
Since its inception in 2012, the OTAA stewardship program has reached more than 13,400 growers across 31 states. These sessions have tallied more than 9,700 grower and applicator training hours. By taking the program online, BASF aims to bring critical application knowledge inside the homes of growers across the country. In-depth in-person trainings are available for those seeking more extensive training from the OTAA application experts.
Source – BASF