–by Frannie Miller
This year has certainly been challenging for producers! Dicamba is an herbicide that has been around for years in different formulations, but the newer products of Engenia, ExtendiMax and FeXapan have caused a stir of emotions. I personally get a headache just thinking about all the interesting changes that have occurred.
Last week the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco vacated the federal registrations for Engenia, ExtendiMax, and FeXapan creating lots of confusion for producers who planted dicamba-resistant soybeans and cotton. In response, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a cancellation order for these three products. It states that producers and commercial applicators who purchased these products prior to June 3 can apply them through July 31 according to the label directions, but no further distribution or sale of the products can occur.
If you are a producer who is forced to look for alternative products to use for post-emergence weed control in these crops, then check out the June 5, Agronomy eUpdate for suggestions: https://webapp.agron.ksu.edu/agr_social/article_new/federal-court-vacates-registration-of-some-dicamba-herbicide-labels-391-1