Updated: August 18, 2017
On July 13, Missouri Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn issued a Notice of Release from the statewide Stop Sale, Use or Removal Order for ENGENIA Herbicide, EPA Registration Number 7969-345; and XTENDIMAX with VaporGrip Technology, EPA Registration Number 524-617; and FEXAPAN™ Herbicide Plus VaporGrip™ Technology, EPA Registration Number 352-913.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How long will the Stop Sale, Use or Removal Order be in effect?
Special Local Need labels are now in place for ENGENIA, XTENDIMAX and FEXAPAN in Missouri and will expire on Dec. 1, 2017.
- ENGENIA Herbicide Section 24c - Special Local Need label, MO-17-003
- XTENDIMAX with VaporGrip Technology Section 24c - Special Local Need label, MO-17-0002
- FEXAPAN™ Herbicide Plus VaporGrip™ Technology – Special Local Need label MO-17-0004
For all older Dicamba containing products labeled for agricultural uses, the order will remain in effect until Dec. 1, 2017.
- Why was this order issued?
Based upon feedback from across Missouri and neighboring states and continued reports of crop damage, the Department felt it would be best to temporarily stop the sale and use of Dicamba products until a Special Local Need label is developed and approved.
- Are homeowner lawn and garden Dicamba containing herbicides included under the Stop Sale, Use or Removal Order?
No. Only Dicamba products labeled for agricultural uses are included.
- As a farmer and/or retailer with an inventory of Dicamba products, what should I do with my inventory of Dicamba?
Refer to the “storage and disposal” section found on each pesticide label and store your product in accordance with the label directions.
- What are the penalties for a retailer or applicator who violates the Stop Sale, Use or Removal Order?
Section 281.060 RSMo gives the Director of Agriculture the authority to assess a civil penalty.
- How should I continue with weed control in fields during the remainder of the season?
Please contact your local University of Missouri Extension office for weed control recommendations.
- How do I file a complaint concerning suspected Dicamba damage?
The incident report form is available on the Department's website as a web-based online form.
- Is there any danger to human or animal health?
All product warnings and related information is contained on the label approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
- What does Dicamba do?
Dicamba is an active ingredient contained in certain herbicides. Herbicides containing Dicamba are registered for uses in agriculture, residential areas, and other sites to address broadleaf weeds and woody plants.
- What is a Special Local Need label?
The Department has the authority under section 24(c) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) to register an additional use of a federally registered pesticide product, or a new end use product for use in “special local need” situations.
These registrations, reviewed and issued by MDA, become federal registrations under Section 3 of FIFRA, but can only be distributed and used within the state of Missouri.
A Special Local Need label is typically used to allow specific pesticide use in the state with special provisions.
- How do I contact the manufacturer of my Dicamba product?
Manufacturer-specific information can be found on the product label.
- How do I know if my pesticide is impacted?
Read your label.
A list of all Dicamba products impacted by this order is available here.
- Has the Missouri Department of Agriculture been working with other state Departments of agriculture?
The Department has been in touch with the other state Departments of agriculture and is monitoring their drift damage complaint situations.
- Does this order affect the entire state?
- Has this type of order been issued before?
Yes, this type of order is used when there are concerns about pesticide use, labeling, etc. Other states also use this tool in regulating pesticides.
- Who at MDA should I contact with questions?
Media inquiries should be directed to Sarah Alsager, Missouri Department of Agriculture, at 573-751-2613 or via the online press inquiry form.
- Is the Federal government involved in any way?
The U.S. EPA approved for conditional registration the following Dicamba herbicide products for use in-crop as post-emergent application in Bollgard II XtendFlex cotton and Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans during the 2017 growing season:
- DuPont FeXapan herbicide plus VaporGrip Technology, EPA Registration Number 352-913;
- Engenia Herbicide, EPA Registration Number 7969-345; and
- XTENDIMAX with VaporGrip Technology, EPA Registration Number 524-617
- How many pesticide drift complaints does the department investigate each year?
Total Pesticide Incidents (Ag Use and Non Ag Use) involving filed complaints investigated by the Pesticide Program:
FY 2012 – 97
FY 2013 – 75 (one complaint was Dicamba-related)
FY 2014 – 75
FY 2015 – 90 (three complaints were Dicamba-related)
FY 2016 – 97 (27 complaints are allegedly Dicamba-related)
FY 2017 (July 1, 2016 – June 27, 2017) – 325 (212 complaints are allegedly Dicamba-related)
Calendar year 2017 (Jan. 1 – August 17, 2017) – 344 (287 complaints are allegedly Dicamba-related) (Updated 8/17/17)