Late in the afternoon of October 27, USEPA announced it has issued new registrations for XtendiMax and Engenia, two dicamba products whose labels were cancelled last July 31, 2020. The Agency also extended the registration for Tavium; therefore, all these labels now expire in 2025. No news on the registration for FeXapan yet, but registration for this product would be possible since the XtendiMax registration has been approved. Corteva will likely provide more information on the status of FeXapan. The main, new points in the product registrations and labels are outlined below, and also explained in the USEPA press release. Requiring an approved pH-buffering agent (also called a Volatility Reduction Agent or VRA) be tank mixed with OTT dicamba products prior to all applications to control volatility. Requiring a downwind buffer of 240 feet to protect sensitive areas, and 310 feet in areas where listed species are located. (IFCA Note: To clarify, Illinois has 29 endangered species counties, see this map. In these counties the downwind buffer to protect sensitive areas will be 310 feet and 57 feet on all other sides of the field. All labels ...more
Click below for resources on how to comply with the WPS which was initially effective on January 2, 2017 but has been temporarily delayed. This regulation applies to ag retailers who employ handlers of pesticides.
Click the document below for the Part 255 Illinois Department of Agriculture containment regulations for the bulk storage and handling of fertilizers and pesticides for commercial, non-commercial and on-farm facilities.
We've been getting calls asking how the new USEPA rules apply to farmers who own their own minibulks. If this is the case, and the farmer asks you to refill their minibulk, the minibulk must meet all the requirements of the new rule including: it must be a DOT approved package, the tank must be on the registrant's approved list of packages, it must have a unique identification number, contain one-way valves or tamper evident devices, and retesting is required every 2.5 years from date of manufacture. The tank must also be properly labeled for the product it contains. If the farmer brings the tank to you for refilling and the one-way valve or tamper evident devices are not intact, proof that the tank was properly cleaned must be provided by the farmer in writing to the refiller, or the refiller needs to clean the tank before filling it. Remember that minibulks that you use in your custom application business are "service containers" and are not subject to this regulation. USEPA has provided an updated powerpoint presentation that provides a good overview of the rule with commonly asked questions. You ...more
Click on the heading to access the instructions for getting a NPDES pesticide permit from Illinois EPA.
Click the heading above for a chart that explains the difference between a "service container" and a "Portable Refillable Container."