Newswire

BASF Submits New Dicamba Label Application and Includes Use on Soybeans Postemergence 

As the comment period for the Bayer dicamba label ended, BASF submitted their new proposed label for Engenia, and their proposal includes use over the top of soybeans postemergence. 

As a reminder, in February the EPA was forced by an Arizona District Court to cancel use of dicamba over the top of soybeans or cotton. After Farm Bureau requested an existing stocks order, the EPA granted it to use dicamba products for growing year 2024. Because of supply chain issues, Farm Bureau followed up with a request for a time extension for allowable use, but the EPA did not grant this request, and we are left with only the existing stocks order for 2024.  

The chemical companies are doing their best to provide farmers with a way to use the chemical. Bayer was the first to submit a new label for dicamba on their product XtendiMax, as covered in our newswire story. The label proposed by Bayer did not include any postemergence use on soybeans, and it appears Bayer is trying to get the product into the hands of farmers and ranchers but will not contest the arguments of the court against postemergence use on soybeans. The EPA opened a public comment period on the new XtendiMax label, which closed on June 3. NEFB submitted comments pointing out the decline in effective agricultural products, and the need for continued use of those left. While there are areas that dicamba products should not be applied, there are many areas in Nebraska where it can be applied to soybeans responsibly. 

BASF then submitted their own label refresh for Engenia on June 3, and they decided to take a different approach. The new Engenia proposal uses the same application dates as the XtendiMax proposal but asks for postemergence use on soybeans, and are proposing that two mitigation strategies (more in line with the April EPA update about the draft herbicide strategy) must be used when applying the product. The Engenia label is now in the public comment period until July 5 at 10:59 pm CST.  

As we had mentioned in our previous newswire, when comment periods finish, the EPA has up to 17 months to make a decision. Based on the current timeline, this could potentially drag out label approval into fall 2025, leaving dicamba use prohibited for the 2025 growing season. Based on this harm, we hope to see a decision much sooner. 

If you wish to leave a comment, or check the labels and mitigation language for either product, they can be found on the official regulation webpage. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Kole Pederson, Director of Environmental & Regulatory Affairs, at kolep@nefb.org

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