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CLA pleased with states’ positive dicamba use steps

icaThe head of CropLife America says it’s a positive step several states have taken putting special use restrictions on new dicamba formulations, “We’re pleased that states like Missouri and Tennessee have adjusted those fairly quickly in a manner that has allowed a lot of commerce to either continue or resume.”

Jay Vroom tells Brownfield Ag News that Missouri, however, has a ban on old dicamba still in place and Arkansas’ dicamba ban is across-the-board.  He says those states are being responsive now and considering the other users of the older formulation, “A lot of those traditional application products are really important for weed control in pasture management, for burndown in seed bed preparation both in the spring and for fall-seeded crops.”

The Missouri Department of Agriculture tells Brownfield it has released from the Statewide, Stop Sale, Use Removal Order the use of traditional dicamba formulations that contain multiple active ingredients – and, herbicides containing dicamba as the only active ingredient are banned until December 1, 2017.

Vroom says it’s entirely possible scientific research will turn up something about the way the new dicamba products are being used that could be causing drift injury to soybeans. CropLife America is the national trade association representing manufacturers, formulators and distributors of pesticides.

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