Missouri Updates Rules on Dicamba Products

DTN writer Pam Smith reported yesterday that, “Missouri Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn on Thursday issued a notice of release from the statewide stop sale, use or removal order for Engenia, XtendiMax with VaporGrip Technology and FeXapan Herbicide Plus VaporGrip Technology.

“New rules put additional rules and regulations on who can spray the products and the hours of day they can be sprayed. The move follows similar rules announced for use of dicamba products in Tennessee. Arkansas has instituted a ban on in-crop agricultural uses of dicamba products for the remainder of the growing season.

“The new rules come on the heels of reports of injury in sensitive crops and plants and formal complaints that have been filed with state pesticide regulatory agencies.”

The DTN article stated that, “‘From the moment the stop sale and use order went into effect, we’ve been working to get these weed control products back into the hands of our farmers,’ said Chinn. ‘BASF, Monsanto and DuPont came to the table and agreed to additional safeguards for product use in response to issues we’ve faced this growing season.’

“In an effort to reduce off-target crop injury, the department has approved a ‘special local need’ label for each herbicide, which includes special provisions and safeguards for the use of this technology in Missouri.”

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