Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association
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USEPA & Dicamba Label; IFCA Dicamba BMPs

In the coming days, the industry is expecting USEPA to announce changes to the pesticide labels for the over the top dicamba products (Xtendimax, Engenia and FeXapan).  We will keep you informed on those actions and how it will impact the industry in terms of product use and product labels for your existing inventory.    
This month, the IFCA Board of Directors had very productive meetings with personnel at both BASF and Monsanto.  We shared the results of the IFCA dicamba use survey with them and had open dialogue on what went right, and what went wrong.  Thank you again to all of our members who completed the survey.  The final survey results are available here.  

IFCA's goal is to assure a better experience for pesticide applicators and for farmers next year.  IFCA has developed a Best Management Practice Guide for dicamba use.  The basis of the BMPs are this:  if a grower plants Xtend soybeans, and intends to have them treated with dicamba, then the grower should communicate with neighboring farmers and avoid, if at all possible, planting Xtend soybeans directly up against a sensitive soybean field.  There are also steps that applicators (both private and commercial) can take to assure a successful application and protect sensitive soybeans.  IFCA is waiting for USEPA to make their label adjustments, then we will release the BMP document to our members as well as to farm groups and the ag media.  Stay tuned.