Remaining options for chemigation and private pesticide trainings in southeast Nebraska

Chemigation is the process of applying chemicals to land/crops with water from an irrigation system. Chemicals are broadly defined as any fertilizer, herbicide, fungicide, or pesticides mixed with the irrigation water during application. The Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy requires certified chemigation applicators. An applicator is the person actively engaged in the application of chemicals via chemigation. This may or may not be the owner of the land who is legally responsible for the use of chemigation on the land, called the chemigation permit holder, with the Natural Resources District (NRD). Applicators are required to take training and pass an exam every 4 years. Those applicators whose certification expired on Jan. 1, 2024, have already received a letter from Nebraska Extension. Requirements for initial and recertification are the same, come to an in-person meeting to become certified or opt for the online version of the training and testing program. The online training program along with directions can be accessed at water.unl.edu/cropswater/chemigation.

Remaining regional chemigation training dates and locations for the in-person option (preregistration required at https://go.unl.edu/chemigation2024):

  • March 7, 1:00 – 4:00 pm at the Nemaha NRD Meeting Room, 62161 Hwy 136, Tecumseh, NE 68450
  • March 14, 1:00 – 4:00 pm at Eastern Nebraska Research, Extension and Education Center - 1071 County Road G, Ithaca, NE 68033
  • List of other in-person trainings throughout Nebraska: https://edmedia.wufoo.com/reports/2024-chemigation-training-dates//

A private pesticide applicator is a person who uses or supervises the use of restricted use pesticides in the production of agricultural commodities on land owned or rented by them or their employer. Applicators are not eligible to purchase or apply restricted use pesticides until both certified and licensed. In 2024, private applicators have several training options to become certified or re-certified for a three-year period. Options include the traditional local in-person training, online self-study, an in-person Crop Production Clinic, or a walk-in closed book exam in Lincoln. The cost of the training options does vary. To learn more about obtaining a private pesticide application license and training options including the online training, please visit the local training and certification webpage at https://croptechcafe.org/training/ or call your local Extension office in Beatrice (402-223-1384), Fairbury (402-729-3487), or Wilber (402-821-2151).

Remaining regional private pesticide training dates and locations for the in-person option (preregistration required at https://croptechcafe.org/training/):

  • Mar. 7, 9:00 am – Noon at (Johnson County) Nemaha NRD Meeting Room, 62161 Hwy 136, Tecumseh, NE, 68450
  • Mar. 21, 1:00 – 4:00 pm at the Lancaster County Extension Office, 444 Cherrycreek Rd Suite A, Lincoln, NE 68528
  • Mar. 28, 1:00 – 4:00 pm at Gage County Extension Office, 1115 West Scott, Beatrice NE 68310
  • List of other in-person trainings throughout Nebraska: https://edmedia.wufoo.com/reports/2024-psep-private-training-dates/

For inquiries about this and other agronomic resources and programs from Nebraska Extension, contact me at nathan.mueller@unl.edu or 402-821-1722. Know your crop, know your tech, know your bottom line at croptechcafe.org