COLUMBIA, Mo. (news release) – Dicamba application has presented challenges for Missouri agriculture, and the University of Missouri recognizes the importance of preparing our communities for managing this and similar technologies in the future.
Beginning in December 2017, the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and MU Extension, in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Agriculture, will offer web-based and in-person training for those wishing to use or purchase dicamba in 2018. More information will be available at extension.missouri.edu/main/spotlight/dicamba.aspx.
On Oct. 13 the Environmental Protection Agency announced an agreement with Monsanto, BASF and DuPont on measures to minimize the potential for off-target movement of dicamba and further ensure effective use of three pesticides: DuPont’s FeXapan, BASF’s Engenia and Monsanto’s XtendiMax. The Missouri Department of Agriculture is reviewing these requirements as preparations are made for the 2018 growing season. The department is also working with MU and other researchers to strengthen education and training specific to dicamba and other auxin herbicides.
The full news release from the EPA is available at epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-and-states-collective-efforts-lead-regulatory-action-dicamba.
More information about dicamba is available at Agriculture.Mo.Gov/dicamba.