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Missouri lifts dicamba ban, new restrictions in place

An agreement with BASF, Monsanto and DuPont puts new formulations back in fields.

New dicamba formulations are allowed back in Missouri dicamba-tolerant soybean and cotton fields. However, there are a few new requirements for farmers and applicators.

After just one week, the Missouri Department of Agriculture lifted the temporary ban for three dicamba products. Missouri Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn announced an agreement with BASF, Monsanto and DuPont for additional safeguards when applying Engenia, XtendiMax with VaporGrip Technology and FeXapan.

Since Chinn temporarily halted the sale of dicamba products July 7, she maintained that the move was temporary in an effort to reduce off-target crop injury in the state. The number of dicamba related complaints with Missouri Department of Agriculture grew to 161 this week.

The new local label requires the following restrictions when applying these herbicides to dicamba-tolerant soybeans and cotton:

  • Wind speed– Applicators are not allowed to apply at wind speeds greater than 10 mph. Applicators must measure and record wind speed and wind direction for each field prior to application.
  • Timing of application– These herbicides may not be applied before 9:00 a.m. and not after 3:00 p.m.
  • Certified applicator required– All applications of Engenia, XtendiMax and FeXapan must be made by a properly licensed Missouri certified private applicator or certified commercial applicator, certified noncommercial applicator or certified public operator.
  • Dicamba notice of application form– Certified applicators must complete an online web-based form “Dicamba Notice of Application” prior to the actual application. The Dicamba Notice of Application Form is posted on the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s website at: www.Agriculture.Mo.Gov/dicamba/notice/.
  • Recordkeeping requirements– Certified private applicators, certified noncommercial applicators and certified public operators must keep and maintain a record of use for each application of Engenia, XtendiMax or FeXapan herbicide.

The release of the Stop Sale, Use or Removal Order is only for Engenia, XtendiMax and FeXapan. The statewide order for all other dicamba containing products labeled for agricultural use remains in effect until Dec. 1.

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