On Oct. 13, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced an agreement with Monsanto, BASF and DuPont on measures to minimize the potential for off-target movement of Dicamba and further ensure effective use of three pesticides: DuPont’s FeXapan, BASF’s Engenia and Monsanto’s XtendiMax.
In a collaborative effort to safeguard Missouri agriculture, the Missouri Department of Agriculture issued a 24c Special Local Need label for ENGENIA Herbicide on Nov. 16, 2017, EPA Registration Number 7969-345 – SLN label MO-180001. The Department subsequently issued 24c Special Local Need labels for XTENDIMAX, EPA Registration Number 524-617, and FEXAPAN, EPA Registration Number 352-913, on Dec. 11, 2017. All three labels contain the same restrictions.
The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced the following Missouri-specific restrictions for ENGENIA, XTENDIMAX and FEXAPAN:
- Restricted Use Pesticide – For sale to and use ONLY by certified applicators. Non-certified applicators are prohibited from applying this product.
- Training Requirement – Prior to the purchase and/or use of these products, certified applicators must complete mandatory Dicamba training provided by the University of Missouri Extension, which will be available soon. Training verification must be presented to the retail establishment, pesticide dealer or distributor upon taking possession of ENGENIA, XTENDIMAX and FEXAPAN. For more information on training, visit the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s website at Agriculture.Mo.Gov/dicamba. Applicators are also encouraged to attend training provided by the registrants.
- Dicamba Notice of Application Form – Certified applicators must complete an online Dicamba Notice of Application form daily prior to each application. The blank Dicamba Notice of Application form can be found at Agriculture.Mo.Gov/dicamba/notice.
- Application Timing – These products cannot be applied before 7:30 a.m. or after 5:30 p.m.
- Cutoff Dates –
- Use of ENGENIA, XTENDIMAX and FEXAPAN in Dicamba-tolerant soybeans and Dicamba-tolerant cotton is prohibited after June 1, 2018, in the following southeast Missouri counties: Dunklin, Pemiscot, New Madrid, Stoddard, Scott, Mississippi, Butler, Ripley, Bollinger and Cape Girardeau.
- Use of ENGENIA, XTENDIMAX and FEXAPAN in Dicamba-tolerant soybeans and Dicamba-tolerant cotton is prohibited after July 15, 2018, in all remaining Missouri counties.
* The EPA labeling expires on Nov. 8, 2018, unless the U.S. EPA determines before that date that off-site incidents are not occurring at unacceptable frequencies or levels.
If you are a private applicator (farmer) producing agricultural commodities, you are required to complete certified private applicator training provided by University of Missouri Extension. Contact your local county extension center to register for the next available training session. Following the completion of private applicator training, the extension center will send your application for license to the Missouri Department of Agriculture for issuance of a certified private applicator license.
If you are a pesticide applicator engaged in the business of applying pesticides for hire in exchange for a fee or other compensation, you must obtain a certified commercial applicator license through MDA. Please visit our certification and licensing webpage for more information.
The Department is also working with the University of Missouri and other researchers to strengthen education and training specific to Dicamba and other auxin herbicides. Please check back soon for more details.
Dicamba Notice of Application
Certified applicators must complete an online web-based form “Notice of Application” daily prior to the actual application.
Report Pesticide Drift Damage
The Missouri Department of Agriculture is responsible for regulating the use of pesticides in the state of Missouri. This is established in Sections 281.005 to 115 (RSMo) of the Missouri Pesticide Use Act. To report pesticide drift damage on your farm or property, please visit the Pesticide Incident Report page.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Will Engenia Herbicide, EPA Reg. No. 7969-345, Xtendimax with VaporGrip Technology, EPA Reg. No. 524-617, and FeXapan Herbicide Plus VaporGrip, EPA Reg. No. 352-913, be registered in Missouri for the 2018 growing season?
Yes, these products will be registered in Missouri and available for sale and use in accordance with all label directions for use. See the Special Local Need labels above.
2. Will these products have separate Supplemental Labels providing directions for post-emergent use over the top of Dicamba-tolerant soybeans and cotton?
No, the pesticide registrants have agreed to add these uses to the Section 3 (container label) for the 2018 growing season. This will limit the number of labels a pesticide applicator must refer to prior to using the product.
3. For the 2018 growing season, these products have been classified by the EPA as Restricted Use Pesticides (RUPs) and the amended Section 3 (container label) for each product will be clearly marked “Restricted Use Pesticide.” Will all label uses, including the post-emergent uses for Dicamba-tolerant soybeans and cotton, fall under the RUP classification?
Yes, all label uses will fall under the RUP classification. The Special Local Need labels above further restrict these products to only allow use by certified applicators.
4. How do I obtain the proper licensure as a certified pesticide applicator?
If you are a private applicator (farmer) producing agricultural commodities, you must complete certified private applicator training provided by the University of Missouri Extension. Contact your local county extension center to register for the next available training session. Following the completion of private applicator training, the extension center will send your application for license to the Missouri Department of Agriculture for issuance of a certified private applicator license.
If you are a pesticide applicator engaged in the business of applying pesticides for hire in exchange for a fee or other compensation, you must obtain a Certified Commercial Applicator License through MDA. Please visit our Certification and Licensing webpage for more information.
5. Where do I go for Dicamba and auxin-specific training?
The Department is working with the University of Missouri and other researchers to establish a Dicamba and auxin-specific training program. Please check back for more information.
6. How long will the 2018 Special Local Need labels for Missouri be in effect?
A Special Local Need label is in place for ENGENIA in Missouri and will expire on Oct. 1, 2018.
7. What is a Special Local Need label?
The Department has the authority under Section 24c 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.
- Pesticide applicators must have the Special Local Need labels in their possession to use in accordance with label directions.
8. How do I file a complaint concerning suspected Dicamba damage?
The incident report form is available on the Department’s website as an online form.
9. How do I contact the manufacturer of my Dicamba product?
Manufacturer-specific information can be found on the product label.
10. 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 situations.
11. Who at MDA should I contact with questions?
12. 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 – September 28, 2017) – 375 (311 complaints are allegedly Dicamba-related) (Updated 11/7/17)