Latest Pesticide News For Applicators 06/04/2024

Pesticide Safety Updates: EPA Opens Public Comment Period for BASF’s Proposed Dicamba Herbicide

Review on New Dicamba Herbicide from BASF

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has initiated a 30-day public comment period for a new dicamba herbicide proposed by BASF. This product offers an enhanced use pattern for the dicamba-based pesticide, targeting dicamba-tolerant cotton and soybeans. The proposed labels would permit applications at various stages of crop growth but not after specific dates in each year. These intricate details can be found on BASF’s proposed label.

Public Engagement in Pesticide Registration

The public is given the opportunity to offer their insights and comments regarding BASF’s application. However, such actions do not guarantee EPA’s endorsement or future approval of the proposed pesticide. A separate public comment period will be provided if the EPA deems the application meets new use standards under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).

Dicamba Herbicide: Background and Implications

Dicamba, initially registered for use in 2016, has been at the centre of notable contention. The herbicide has received two EPA amendments due to off-site movement resulting in crop damage. In 2020, a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals led to the revocation of all over-the-top dicamba products registrations, citing “substantially understated risks.” The EPA issued fresh registrations with new preventive measures against off-target movement later the same year. A more recent legal action in 2024 led to the cancellation of these registrations for three over-the-top dicamba products. The details on regulations regarding existing stocks and usage restrictions can be found in EPA’s Existing Stocks Order.

Summary Table

Date Event
June 5, 2024 Public Comment Period Opens for Proposed BASF Dicamba Herbicide
July 5, 2024 Public Comment Period Closes
TBA EPA Review of Public Comments and Registration Decision

Dicamba’s story presents an insightful case study for pesticide applicators about the relevance of thorough safety evaluations. It reiterates the need to be abreast with regulatory updates to ensure compliance and environmental safety. For further elaboration on dicamba’s registration for dicamba-tolerant crops, read more on EPA’s dedicated page.

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