Thursday the Missouri Department of Agriculture changed the Special Local Needs labels for new dicamba products. Fexapan, Engenia and Xtendimax may now be applied up to June 10, 2018 in Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau Dunklin, Pemiscot, Mississippi, New Madrid, Stoddard, Scott and Ripley counties. The cutoff for those counties was previously June 1 and all other Missouri counties must stop applications after July 15, 2018. The decision came due to weather constraints that might be keeping farmers out of fields. “We have been diligently monitoring weather to determine what, if any adjustments need to be made to the cutoff dates, as we have said we would from the beginning,” says Chris Chinn, Missouri director of agriculture. “Because of the wet, cold spring, planting has been delayed. This extension will give farmers extra days to use these products prior to the cutoff date.”
All other restrictions within Missouri’s Special Local Needs label will remain the same. This includes: not applying dicamba before 7:30 a.m. or after 5:30 p.m., application permitted by certified applicators who have undergone required training only and the completion of an online dicamba notice of application before applying the product.