Dicamba

Missouri Department of Agriculture

 

A cancellation order has been issued by the Environmental Protection Agency for three dicamba herbicides, and the Missouri Department of Agriculture is following the EPA guidelines.

 

The order was made on June 8, and applies to Engenia, FeXapan and XtendiMax. This follows a verdict from the 9th US circuit court outlawing dicamba nationwide on June 3rd. 

 

The Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) announced yesterday it will not pursue Special Local Needs (24c) labels for Engenia, FeXapan and XtendiMax for 2019’s growing season. This follows a decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to extend the registration of the three Dicamba products for another two years with some special provisions and safeguards.

 

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The Missouri Department of Agriculture and the University of Missouri College of Agriculture will hold their last in-person dicamba application training session this week.

Before the start of the growing season, farmers with the intent of purchasing and using synthetic auxin herbicides are required to have a private or commercial applicator license, and training to prevent off-target movement.

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Dicamba, an active ingredient in several herbicides produced by Monsanto, has some farmers frustrated by its volatility after the 2017 crop season. While many farmers' fields have benefited from the use of dicamba, it comes at a cost to neighboring fields that have been damaged by it drifting onto planted crops that aren’t equipped to handle it. Missouri Department of Agriculture director Chris Chinn explains the actions they’ve taken to benefit both sides of the issue.