The Environmental Protection Agency wants to work with state pesticide regulators on its review of dicamba herbicides, as the registration deadline approaches for new formulations that have been the subject of thousands of drift damage complaints.
Thousands of producers who have filed complaints with state agencies or the EPA about off-target dicamba damage could end up as plaintiffs following a federal jury's decision to award $265 million to a Missouri peach farm, plaintiffs' attorneys say.
Even though it wasn’t at the table for the talks between Bayer and Monsanto that led to a unification of the two companies, BASF still stands to gain significantly from the changes brought about in a new business climate.
Declaring that dicamba "is a valuable pest control tool for America’s farmers,” EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced Wednesday, Oct. 31 the agency was extending by two years the conditional registration for the herbicide to be used "over the top" to control weeds in dicamba-resistant soybeans and cotton.
Growers, weed scientists and manufacturers are keeping a close eye on early reports of off-target movement of dicamba, as spraying of the herbicide kicks into full gear throughout soybean- and cotton-growing states.