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EPA Issues Guidance on Dicamba Use

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The Environmental Protection Agency late Monday issued guidance for the use of three dicamba herbicides. Micheal Clements has more.

Clements: The EPA says farmers and applicators can continue to use three dicamba herbicides if they were in their possession on June 3, 2020, the date of a court ruling vacating their registrations. American Farm Bureau Federation Congressional Relations Director Allison Crittenden says the EPA action provides much-needed clarity for farmers.

Crittenden: Many of them have made the planting decision already and have a crop in the ground that is dicamba tolerant and they had planned to use dicamba for weed mitigation. So, what this order says is that farmers who have existing stocks of dicamba in their possession as of June 3 are able to use those products in accordance with the label through July 31.

Clements: Crittenden says beyond this season, there is more uncertainty ahead.

Crittenden: We certainly are curious what this means for the future of dicamba moving forward after this year. There’s a lot of uncertainty in place as to the future of dicamba. But, right now, we have a bit more clarity as to at least what we can do in the next month and a half.

Clements: The ruling includes three dicamba herbicides from Bayer, BASF and Corteva. Crittenden says dicamba is an important crop protection tool for farmers.

Crittenden: We always say that it’s important to have many tools in the toolbox where we’re working to target different threats to our crops. So, dicamba is especially helpful in targeting some of those weeds that other products don’t have the same efficacy. So, it’s important that we maintain that variety in order to mitigate future weed resistance.

Clements: Micheal Clements, Washington.

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