Dicamba Gets New Life and Improved Label

Dicamba Gets New Life and Improved Label

EPA announced the two-year extension of the registration of dicamba for over-the-top use of weed control in corn and soybean plants that are dicamba-resistant

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In 2016, EPA received 117 complaints of dicamba injury in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. In Missouri alone, EPA reports damage from dicamba misuse was reported on more than 42,000 acres of crops including peaches, tomatoes, cantaloupes, watermelon, peas, and other row crops.

In the announcement, the EPA says the downwind buffer will remain at 110 feet and includes a new 57-foot buffer on the other side of the field. The new label also prohibits sprays of dicamba 45 days after planting soybeans and 60 days after planting cotton. Cotton applications will be reduced from four to two over-the-top applications and soybeans will remain at two over-the-top applications.

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Steve Smith says:

Anyone that considers this an “improved label” isn’t paying much attention. Essentially nothing has been done to address the base factor, Dicamba is volatile. The education route really hasn’t worked so now we want more of something that doesn’t work? It’s apparent that certified applicators aren’t the answer, so now we want to make sure everyone is certified? The product moves for what has been shown to be miles, but now we want a 57 foot buffer to protect endangered species? Anyone reading a magazine focused on specialty crops should be up in arms over this new label, and if you’re not, just wait your turn because you day is not that far away from realizing you have an unmarketable product, not just reduced yield, but unmarketable because there is no residue tolerance for dicamba. Look at Arkansas and see your future.