Special Dicamba Training​

Label revisions for 2019 require specialized training for users as outlined in this section.

On October 31, 2018, USEPA issued revised labels for the three Dicamba-containing products that are labeled for use on soybeans:  Engenia (BASF), XtendiMax (Monsanto), and FeXapan (DuPont).  At this time, it is a violation of the Illinois Pesticide Act and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) to apply any other Dicamba products in a post-emerge application to soybeans.

There are several significant changes in these product labels for use in crop year 2019, including:  

  • Two-year registration (until December 20, 2020); 
  • Only certified applicators may apply dicamba over the top (those working under the supervision of a certified applicator may no longer make applications); 
  • Prohibit over-the-top application of dicamba on soybeans 45 days after planting and on cotton 60 days after planting;
  • For cotton, limit the number of over-the-top applications from 4 to 2 (soybeans remain at 2 OTT applications);
  • Applications will be allowed only from 1 hour after sunrise to 2 hours before sunset;
  • In counties where endangered species may exist, the downwind buffer will remain at 110 feet and there will be a new 57-foot buffer around all other sides of the field to protect sensitive areas (the 110-foot downwind buffer applies to all applications, not just in counties where endangered species may exist);
  • Clarify training period for 2019 and beyond, ensuring consistency across all three products;
  • Enhanced tank clean-out instructions for the entire system;
  • Enhanced label to improve applicator awareness on the impact of low pH's on the potential volatility of dicamba;
  • Label clean up and consistency to improve compliance and enforceability;

If you plan to apply these products to soybeans in 2019, the Illinois Department of Agriculture will require all users of these products to adhere to all label requirements including completion of a training program that utilizes training materials developed by the registrants of the products, namely Bayer/Monsanto, BASF, or Corteva/DuPont.

Dicamba-specific training is required prior to applying these products in the 2019 growing season and each growing season thereafter.  If you received dicamba-specific training last year, you must still complete the training again in 2019.

Training administered by a representative of one of the three registrants will be offered in a classroom setting. Online training will also be accepted.  Details of online training will be posted by registrants on their respective web sites:

Training Locations & Dates

The available classroom training dates and locations for Dicamba training through IFCA and IDOA are featured at  The industry is working to make training opportunities available after the private applicator training and testing clinics for 2019. The aforementioned website will be updated with training dates and locations as they become available, so please visit it regularly and register to attend a session at your earliest convenience.   

Please go to the website and pre-register for these events so that the organizers of the training can ensure adequate seating and training materials.

Those who participate for the entire training class will receive a certificate of completion that can be utilized as proof of training for recordkeeping purposes. 

Thank you for participating in 2019 Dicamba training.  If you have questions about this program, please review the Frequently Asked Questions ( or call 217/785-2427.

Certificates - Lost or Never received

If you have already taken the Dicamba training class and you did not receive your certificate by email or if you accidentally deleted the email.  First, check your spam or junk email folder.  If you still cannot find the certificate, please contact the company which hosted the training.  Monsanto:  844-779-8363 or BASF: 888-789-1361.