Thursday, April 28, 2016

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 of dicamba to them, and it is likely to be illegal for the whole 2016 growing season given the proposed EPA timeline.

Ryan

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