David Key who is the research director for the Minnesota Soybean Growers was on a call late this afternoon with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. The call related to the Federal Court Ruling in California voiding the EPA's label for the dicambia herbicides Engenia, FeXapan and XtendiMax. There was a lot of confusion about what the ruling meant and when it would take effect. We now know and it is not good news!

Because Engenia, FeXapan and XtendiMax no longer have a Federal Label the Minnesota Department of Agriculture said this afternoon it is illegal to use those products in Minnesota period! David said he was told the fine for using an illegal product in Minnesota is $25,000 per incident. Two sprayer loads means a $50,000 fine. One sprayer load and spray two fields would mean a $50,000 fine.

David did add that this ruling is fluid and things could change but will it be in time to apply these dicambia products this year? An emergency stay typically takes 10 to 14 days. That June 20 cut-off date is approaching quickly or the 45 days after planting. You have to wonder about the timing of this ruling?

There is one sliver of hope. There is a dicambia product that Syngenta has a label for. Maybe your retailer has enough supply?  If you were planning on using one of those dicambia herbicides talk to your supplier, agronomist or advisor ASAP and try and develop a plan using conventional herbicides and glyphosate.

You have to wonder if there are enough conventional herbicides manufactured and in position to fill the void of loosing dicambia. in the link is the interview with David Key delivering the bad news.

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