BASF writing Missouri use label for dicamba

BASF says it’s writing a Special Local Need Label for the use of that company’s dicamba product, Engenia in Missouri.  State Agriculture Director Chris Chinn tells Brownfield Ag News her department is collaborating with BASF, as well as Monsanto and DuPont – each with dicamba-based products – to develop the special labels.

“We are going to be working very closely with them and University of Missouri to make sure the label is something that farmers can live with, that they can work with and still have a very effective tool in their hand to fight weed pressure,” said Chinn.

The Missouri Department of Agriculture placed a temporary ban on dicamba in Missouri Friday following more than 140 complaints about crop damage from possible dicamba drift.

BASF tells Brownfield the company has already proposed the text of a special label, according to direction from the Missouri Department of Agriculture.  BASF says the company believes it’s important for growers to be able to continue to access Engenia herbicide for the 2017 growing season.

Chinn tells Brownfield she hopes to have labels in place this week from all three companies so that the ban can be lifted.

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