EPA Announces Changes to Dicamba Registration
On October 31, the EPA announced that it is extending the registration of dicamba for two years for over-the-top use (application to growing plants) to control weeds in fields for cotton and soybean plants genetically engineered to resist dicamba.
This action was informed by input from and extensive collaboration between EPA, state regulators, farmers, academic researchers, pesticide manufacturers, and other stakeholders, according to an EPA news release.
“EPA understands that dicamba is a valuable pest-control tool for America’s farmers,” said EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler in an EPA news release. “By extending the registration for another two years with important new label updates that place additional restrictions on the product, we are providing certainty to all stakeholders for the upcoming growing season.”
Wheeler said the following label changes were made to ensure that these products can continue to be used effectively while addressing potential concerns to surrounding crops and plants.
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