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Missouri Department of Agriculture halts temporary ban of new dicamba formulations

Applicators can apply Engenia, FeXapan, and Xtendimax, but restrictions are now in place.

Missouri Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn today halted a statewide temporary ban in Missouri placed last Friday on new formulated dicamba products used in the Roundup Ready Xtend System.

These include:

• BASF’s Engenia 

• Dupont’s FeXapan Plus Vapor Grip Technology 

• Monsanto’s Xtendimax with Vapor Grip Technology 

Missouri farmers have been particularly hard hit by off-target dicamba applications this year. Statewide, over 203,000 acres of Missouri’s 6 million acres of soybeans planted this year have been reported as damaged. In Missouri’s Bootheel region, around 22% of that region’s soybeans are estimated to have been impacted by off-target dicamba.

“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 Chris Chinn, MDA’s director in a news release this morning. “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 MDA has approved a Special Local Need label for each herbicide, which includes special provisions and safeguards for the use of this technology in Missouri. According to the Special Local Need labels, to apply the herbicide to dicamba-tolerant soybeans and dicamba-tolerant cotton in Missouri, the following restrictions must be followed:

• Wind Speed. These products cannot be applied at wind speeds greater than 10 mph. Applicators must measure and record wind speed and wind direction for each field prior to application.

• Application Timing. These products cannot be applied before 9 a.m. and after 3 p.m. This helps avoid temperature inversions that are a likely factor in dicamba moving off target.

• Certified Applicator. All applications of these 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: http://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, and FeXapan. The statewide order will remain in effect until December 1, 2017, for all other dicamba containing products labeled for agricultural use.

To obtain a Certified Private Applicator License, the applicant must complete the Certified Private Applicator Training Program provided by the University of Missouri Extension office. Training programs are offered throughout the year in local county Extension offices. Once the training has been completed, the applicant will complete a Private Applicator Certification Training Verification Form. The form will be signed by the instructor and mailed to our office (no license fee is charged). Upon receipt of the verification form, a Certified Private Applicator License will be issued to the applicant.

Reuters Newswire: Meanwhile, Tennessee officials announced Thursday that their state is restricting the use of Monsanto’s pesticide.

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