Dicamba

Press release from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Oct. 13, 2017, announced an agreement with Monsanto, BASF and DuPont on measures to minimize the potential for off-target movement of the newly registered Dicamba based herbicides and further ensure effective use of the products: DuPont’s FeXapan, BASF’s Engenia and Monsanto’s XtendiMax.

Manufacturers have voluntarily agreed to label changes that impose additional requirements for “over the top” application of these products for 2018 which include:

  1. Classifying products as “restricted use,” permitting only certified applicators with special training, and those under their supervision, to apply them; dicamba-specific training for all certified applicators to reinforce proper use;
  2. Requiring farmers to maintain specific records regarding the use of these products to improve compliance with label restrictions;
  3. Limiting applications to when maximum wind speeds are below 10 mph (from 15 mph) to reduce potential spray drift;
  4. Reducing the times during the day when applications can occur;
  5. Including tank clean-out language to prevent cross contamination; and
  6. Enhancing susceptible crop language and record keeping with sensitive crop registries to increase awareness of risk to especially sensitive crops nearby.
     

All 3 products listed above will expire on November 8, 2018 unless EPA determines before that date that off-site incidents are not occurring at unacceptable rate.

 

NMDA always recommends that all pesticides users read the label before using any pesticide.

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