Want to have access to over-the-top use of dicamba? Here is your chance to let EPA know.
Currently, farmers planting Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans or Bollgard II XtendFlex cotton can plant the seeds, but cannot use the complementary herbicide. The next step in approval process before farmers can spray dicamba over-the-top of soybeans and cotton is passing a 30-day public comment period hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
During this comment period, anyone can submit their support or concerns about the chemistry. The comment period is scheduled for 30 days, but can be extended by EPA.
Farmers interested in sending comments of support or concern can visit this website and click the "comment now" button to voice their opinion.
The EPA reviews these comments and uses them in its decision-making process. Overwhelmingly positive or negative comments could potentially impact the agency's decision. For that reason and rising public concerns about the safety of herbicides, farmer voices could play an influential role in whether or not the herbicide is approved for over-the-top use.
Based on recent chemistry decisions, Monsanto anticipates it taking four to six months for EPA make a final registration decision. Given this timeline, Monsanto does not anticipate dicamba to be approved for use in the 2016 cropping season.
Would over-the-top dicamba make a difference on your farm? Let us know in the comments.