Pesticide Application

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Army Cutworm Scouting Urged in Western Nebraska Wheat and Alfalfa

March 6, 2024
With recent warm weather, army cutworms have been spotted in southern Sioux County and central Lincoln County. Producers should begin scouting for this pest to mitigate crop damage, particularly in winter wheat and alfalfa.

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In Nebraska, all applicators who handle restricted-use pesticides, as well as general-use pesticides for structural or ornamental/turf pest control, or outdoor vector control on behalf of a political subdivision of the state, must be certified/licensed. More info on applicator certification categories can be found here.

Commercial and Noncommercial Pesticide Applicator Training in 2024

January 17, 2024
Recertification for commercial/noncommercial pesticide applicator licenses expiring in 2024 must be completed in person or online by Monday, April 15.

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In Nebraska, residents must be 18 years or older and certified/licensed by the state to purchase and use restricted-use pesticides. Nebraska pesticide applicator licenses are valid for a period of three years.

Pesticide Safety Certification Training for Private Applicators in 2024

January 17, 2024
Producers who need to acquire or renew a private pesticide applicator license this year can choose between several options, including in-person training, online self-study programs, and an NDA-administered exam.

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Learn more about the practice of chemigation, industry regulations and certification requirements on the Pesticide Safety Education Program site.

Chemigation Training in 2024

January 17, 2024
Chemigation training for Nebraskans will be offered at nearly 50 in-person sessions from now through April, as well as online.

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The Pesticide Safety Education Program website has more information on training programs for Nebraskans seeking licensure for pesticide application.

Online Courses for Pesticide Applicator, Chemigation Training in 2024

January 17, 2024
Nebraskans can access several courses online for pesticide certification training in 2024, including commercial/noncommercial applicator, private applicator, chemigation and the new Spanish course for private pesticide applicators.

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Introduced in 2023, the online Spanish pesticide safety online training course will be available to the public again in 2024. See details below.

Private Pesticide Applicator Training Course Offered in Spanish for 2024

January 17, 2024
The Spanish training course covers all required materials for individuals to get a private applicator license or recertification for restricted use pesticides.

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This Week on N Field: Pesticide Licenses in Nebraska

January 5, 2024
Nebraska Extension Educator Amy Timmerman explores what type of pesticide licenses are required in Nebraska to apply restricted use pesticides.

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EPA Proposes Updates to Pesticide Application Exclusion Zone Regulation, Opens Public Comment Period

March 13, 2023
The updates would clarify procedural duties if an unauthorized person enters the AEZ during a pesticide application, where landowners may be located during application, and proposes a new droplet size classification system.

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