Dicamba application cut-off looms

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Farmers and applicators will only be able to use dicamba through Sunday (June 30), according to the Arkansas Department of Agriculture.

The Arkansas State Plant Board prohibits the use of dicamba for in-crop agricultural purposes after June 30. This regulation supersedes any extended deadlines outlined in a previous stock order issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) earlier this year.

Farmers and applicators who fail to comply with the Arkansas rule on in-crop agricultural use of dicamba may be subject to civil penalties up to $25,000 per violation and possible suspension or revocation of their applicator license.

On Feb. 6, the U.S. District Court of Arizona issued a ruling that vacated 2020 registrations for the following dicamba products: XtendiMax, Engenia, and Tavium. A week later the EPA issued an existing stocks order that allows limited sale, distribution, and use of existing stocks already in the possession of growers or in the channels of trade and outside the control of pesticide companies as of February 6.

The cut-off dates outlined in the order are consistent with the application cut-off dates on the previously approved federal label of the dicamba products at the time the registrations were vacated.