Houston County Ag and Horticulture News

Changes are in Store for Dicamba Users

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

  1. Two-year registration (until December 20, 2020).
  2. Only certified applicators may apply dicamba over the top (anyone applying the products must have a valid pesticide applicators license).
  3. Prohibit over-the-top application of dicamba on soybeans 45 days after planting and cotton 60 days after planting (no late season salvage treatments).
  4. For cotton, limit the number of over-the-top (OTT) applications from 4 to 2 (soybeans remain at 2 OTT applications).
  5. Applications will be allowed only from 1 hour after sunrise to 2 hours before sunset.
  6. In counties where endangered species may exist, the downwind buffer will remain at 110 feet and there will be a new 57-foot buffer around the other sides of the field (the 110-foot downwind buffer applies to all applications, not just in counties where endangered species may exist).
  7. Clarify training period for 2019 and beyond, ensuring consistency across all three products.
  8. Enhanced tank clean out instructions for the entire system.
  9. Enhanced label to improve applicator awareness on the impact of low pH’s on the potential volatility of dicamba.
  10. Label clean up and consistency to improve compliance and enforceability.

Learn more: https://www.epa.gov/ingredients-used-pesticide-products/registration-dicamba-use-genetically-engineered-crops

Basically if you are farming cotton or soybeans in Georgia you need to be paying attention to updates for additional training and get all of your applicators certified with private pesticide licenses.  If you have questions or comments please contact me at 478-987-2028 or comte1@uga.edu

By: Jeff Cook