The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that it is extending the registration of dicamba for two years for “over-the-top” use (application to growing plants) to control weeds in fields for cotton and soybean plants genetically engineered to resist dicamba. This action was informed by input from and extensive collaboration between EPA, state regulators, farmers, academic researchers, pesticide manufacturers, and other stakeholders.
“EPA understands that dicamba is a valuable pest control tool for America’s farmers,” said EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “By extending the registration for another two years with important new label updates that place additional restrictions on the product, we are providing certainty to all stakeholders for the upcoming growing season.”
The following label changes were made to ensure that these products can continue to be used effectively while addressing potential concerns to surrounding crops and plants:
Dicamba registration decisions for 2019-2020 growing season
The registration for all dicamba products will automatically expire on December 20, 2020, unless EPA further extends it.
EPA has reviewed substantial amounts of new information and concluded that the continued registration of these dicamba products meets FIFRA’s registration standards. The Agency has also determined that extending these registrations with the new safety measures will not affect endangered species.
Under federal law, only LICENSED APPLICATORS can handle or apply dicamba. The applicator requirement on the dicamba labels means that the person doing the application must be certified by the State of Ohio as a licensed Commercial Applicator OR Private Applicator. Non-certified personnel, including Trained Service Providers under direct supervision of a Commercial Applicator, may NOT perform any activities with dicamba products, including mixing or loading.
For more information on the new dicamba rules and training requirements, read EPA’s Frequently Asked Questions here. Further guidelines for Ohio are expected from the Ohio Department Agriculture soon.