The agricultural landscape is constantly changing. Growers know an evolving industry comes with the territory, but that doesn’t eliminate the learning curve.
Some examples: Thorough consideration of weed control plans is required to manage resistant weeds. Additional study of new technology is needed to properly and effectively use them in the field. Application best practices are advancing, reaffirming the importance of committed stewardship. No matter the case, continued education is a must.
The good news: Growers have many resources at their disposal to continue learning. Educational materials are available to help make adopting new technology and staying up to date on stewardship best practices easier.
Recently, an online training module expanded BASF’s On Target Application Academy (OTAA), a stewardship program that has trained more than 13,400 growers on proper and effective application since 2012. The digital training takes the lessons central to OTAA’s in-person trainings and presents them online, helping growers and applicators learn important application best practices no matter where they are.
The training module includes application details for Engenia™ herbicide, the most flexible and advanced dicamba for dicamba-tolerant soybeans and cotton. Engenia herbicide is available to help growers control tough and resistant broadleaf weeds.
“Proper application is critical for success with any herbicide,” said Dr. Bob Wolf, owner of Wolf Consulting & Research LLC and OTAA trainer. “With easy-to-access herbicide application tips, growers and applicators can feel confident in on-target applications.”
The OTAA online module combines the effort of multiple stakeholders to bring a comprehensive set of best management practices together with the label requirements for Engenia herbicide. By employing the lessons from the online module, growers and applicators can maximize on-target application.
Additionally, Certified Crop Advisors can qualify for 1.0 Board Approved CEU by completing the OTAA digital training module.
In-person OTAA sessions are not going away, but the module complements a trend in agriculture that growers are becoming increasingly tech-savvy. According to a 2015 USDA survey, 70 percent of growers have internet access on their farms, and 43 percent use computers for farm business. Add increasingly busy schedules to the equation, and online convenience becomes even more meaningful.
Growers and applicators can take the OTAA training module by visiting www.growsmartuniversity.com, clicking on the “Herbicides” tab and selecting the module titled “Making an On Target Engenia Herbicide Application." Learn more about Engenia herbicide at www.engeniaherbicide.com.