Wheeler expects mid-October dicamba decision

The head of the EPA expects a decision on the re-registration of two dicamba herbicides by mid-October.

During a webinar hosted by Minnesota Farm Bureau Thursday, Andrew Wheeler said his agency is reviewing applications for Bayer’s Xtendimax and Engenia from BASF.

“We hope (and) intend to have a decision made by the middle of October on whether or not we’ll be able to license dicamba for the 2021 growing season.”

He says he understands timing is important as farmers make plans for next year.

“I know people need to have advanced notice on it, so we’re working very hard. We can’t just approve dicamba without going through all of the science, and taking a look at all of the issues and the court decision itself to see what issues they raised.”

Wheeler is referring to the 9th Circuit Court ruling in June that vacated registrations for Xtendimax, Engenia, and Corteva’s dicamba herbicide FeXapan.  He says EPA is doing a very thorough review to prevent the Court from immediately striking down those registrations again.

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