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Farmer concerned about future of dicamba

An Illinois farmer who just finished planting is already worrying about next year’s growing season.

Jason Birkenbeil, who farms in Livingston County, tells Brownfield he’s uneasy about the uncertain future of dicamba.

“It’s concerning.”  He says, “Next year what we’re going to be able to use far as chemical wise, we do like to use dicamba, but that time is limited.”

Earlier this year a federal court vacated the 2020 registrations of three over the top dicamba products. An existing stocks order for dicamba is currently in place for the 2024 growing season.

Birkenbeil says he’s looking into alternatives.

“We’ll probably have to use, you know, a little more Liberty than what we’ve have in the past.”  He says, “Try to get something more that has a little more residual that stays out there a little bit longer.”

The Environmental Protection Agency is taking public comments on a 2025 registration and label for a Bayer low-volatility dicamba herbicide formerly known as XtendiMax.

AUDIO: Jason Birkenbeil – Livingston County, IL farmer

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