U.S. EPA responds to vacated dicamba registrations

(Illinois Farm Bureau file photo)

Less than one week after the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated three dicamba herbicide registrations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a cancellation order.

The herbicides include Bayer’s Xtendimax with vapor grip technology, BASF’s Engenia and Corteva’s DuPont FeXapan.

EPA’s cancellation order addresses the sale, distribution, and use of existing stocks of the three affected dicamba products.

Specifically, distribution or sale by any person is generally prohibited, except for ensuring proper disposal or return to the registrant.

Growers and commercial applicators may use existing stocks that were in their possession on June 3 but must still comply with product labels.

Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert Jr. said IFB will continue to engage in discussions with the Illinois Department of Agriculture on state-specific details of the order.

“With our response to the Ninth Circuit’s ruling, we sought to minimize the sudden disruption to the 2020 growing season for those farmers that have invested in the affected dicamba technology,” Guebert said. “This is a crucial time for Illinois farmers’ next steps in raising a successful soybean crop.”

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Illinois Farm Bureau's Mark Gebhards discusses the latest on dicamba during this June 9 interview.