This decision provides certainty for the 2021 growing season, the agency said
By Diego Flammini
U.S. cash crop producers will be able to use important crop protection products for the 2021 growing season.
On Oct. 27, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved new five-year registrations for two over-the-top dicamba products – XtendiMax with VaporGrip Technology and Engenia Herbicide.
In addition, the EPA extended the registration for Tavium Plus VaporGrip Technology.
These registrations are only for use on dicamba-tolerant cotton and soybeans. They will expire in 2025.
“With today’s decision, farmers now have the certainty they need to make plans for their 2021 growing season,” EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in a statement. “After reviewing substantial amounts of new information, conducting scientific assessments based on the best available science, and carefully considering input from stakeholders, we have reached a resolution that is good for our farmers and our environment.”
With the EPA decision come some additional rules farmers must follow when applying dicamba.
Some of the new rules require that producers must
- tank mix an approved volatility reduction agent with dicamba products
- maintain a downwind buffer of 240 feet between the last treated row and the downwind field edge
- not apply dicamba on soybeans after June 30 or up to R1, whichever comes first
It’s important to note Engenia doesn’t have the R1 cutoff.
Industry groups welcomed the EPA’s decision.
“We rely in great part on EPA support for the continued success of our industry, from measures encouraging biodiesel market expansion to these types of decisions regarding safe and effective use of crop protection tools,” Bill Gordon, president of the American Soybean Association, said in a statement. “We thank EPA today for the many steps and time invested in coming to this decision to reregister a product relied upon by many soy growers.”
Lawmakers did too.
“I appreciate (EPA Administrator Wheeler’s) announcement to provide certainty to ag producers and others; the flexibilities provided for growers by states will be important as producers prepare to use dicamba for the 2021 planting and growing season,” said Pat Roberts, chairman of the Senate ag committee.