Many local Extension office have received farmer calls lately asking how the COVID-19 emergency will affect pesticide recertification. The "Stay at home" order began prior to the end of March 2020, leaving those remaining private pesticide and fertilizer training programs postponed or suspended for the moment. On a normal year, the 3-year private applicator re-certification cycle ends on March 31. Additionally, Ohio Department of Agriculture's new pesticide applicator testing program was also suspended for now.  Among others, this will affect those who wish to mix, load or apply approved dicamba products (Xtendimax, FeXapan, Engenia or Tavium) to Xtend traited soybeans, as these products are now restricted use.

With the signing of House Bill 197, Ohio’s COVID-19 emergency response legislation, the March 31, 2020 deadline for private pesticide applicators (farmers) and the May 31, 2020 deadline for agricultural fertilizer certificate holders to renew this license and get training has been extended. 

The deadline is now 90 days after the state of emergency Executive Order ends or December 1, 2020, whichever comes first.

All in-person OSUE training events are cancelled or postponed through at least May 15. We will continue to update you as meetings are scheduled. You may continue to check these websites for more information: https://agri.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/oda/divisions/plant-health/news-and-events/ or https://pested.osu.edu/

See more at: Agrongomic Crops Network