EPA’s Wheeler on dicamba two-year registration

The EPA has re-registered dicamba products but only for two years. Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler tells Brownfield Ag News why, “This is an important pesticide that a lot of people depend on but there’s also been some issues with surrounding property owners and we to take all of that into account – to continue to allow it to be used for the next two years so that we can get more data to make a long-term decision.”

One of the biggest new restrictions involves buffer zones. And, Wheeler says the time frames for over-the-top application are limited, “We are prohibiting over the top application of dicamba on soybeans 45 days after planting and cotton 60 days after planting. And for cotton we’re limiting the number of over the top applications from four to two. Soybeans will remain at two.”

Wheeler says the data received by EPA came in a little late but the agency needed to make a decision in time for dicamba makers and farmers to make theirs.

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