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EPA Extends Comment Period on Proposed Decision to Register Dicamba for Use on Genetically-Engineered Crops

The EPA has extended the comment period on the proposed decision to register dicamba for use on genetically-engineered crops until May 31, 2016.  With a decision expected in late summer or early fall 2016. Ultimately this means we won't see dicamba available for us in genetically-engineered  crops this summer.  A full accounting of the situation can be found by clicking here.

If you wish to make comments on the proposed decision click here.  To learn about making effective comments you may wish to read this document. Remember your input is invaluable in the decision making process. 

Dicamba tolerant soybeans are available to plant in Minnesota, but at the current time dicamba tolerant soybeans have not been approved for import into the European Union.  The Minnesota Soybean Grower Association wrote an interesting article addressing this situation found here.

Remember if you make the decision to plant dicamba tolerant soybeans, at the current time it is illegal to apply any form o…
Hi all,

For those whom I haven’t met yet, I recently came on board with University of Minnesota Extension as an Educator in Agricultural Water Quality Protection.  I’m working in the karst areas of southeastern Minnesota, having just moved from the state of Virginia, and focusing on nitrogen fertilizer management.  An important issue for all of us, to be sure.  One of the great, and humbling, things about moving to a different part of the country is that everything is new- the people, the cropping systems, the soils, and the climate.  I have really enjoyed meeting all the farmers, agronomists, and Extension folks that I have this winter, and look forward to getting to know everyone I haven’t yet met.  Likewise, it has been a pleasure to learn all about the research that has been done here in Minnesota, both at the University and on Minnesota farms, and how that research can help us make good fertilizer decisions.
For instance, the Economic Optimum Nitrogen Rate (EONR) strategy recomm…