Assessing short and long-term impact of dicamba ruling

An extension soybean agronomist is downplaying the impact of the 9th Circuit Court decision to vacate registrations of three dicamba herbicides.

Seth Naeve with the University of Minnesota tells Brownfield most farmers had those products purchased ahead of the court ruling.

“I think for the most part there’s a lot of us academics and a lot of Twitter (users) that have really been excited about all the goings on with the court case and everything. But functionally, it shouldn’t have really affected farmers in any big ways because of the timing.”

But if XtendiMax, FeXapan, and Engenia aren’t re-registered for 2021, he says that would be a huge deal.

“There’s a whole layer of challenges we get into. The first one is just seed availability. My guess is that seed is all being produced for next year right now, so there’s going to be a lot of dicamba beans sold with or without a label for application.”

Naeve says he’s also concerned about a domino effect now that the same environmental groups that targeted dicamba are asking the 9th Circuit to vacate the registration of Enlist Duo.

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