Illinois dicamba label in the hands of new Director of Agriculture

A federal dicamba label is in place, but an Illinois weed scientist says pursuing a state label will be in the hands of the newly appointed administration at the state department of agriculture.

Aaron Hager with the University of Illinois says several states have already filed for 24-C status on the dicamba label.

“That would allow the state to actually impose a date beyond which foliar applications of dicamba could not be made in dicamba resistant soybean.”

Hager tells Brownfield that Illinois has not pursued a 24-C label for a cut-off date the last two years, but the upcoming change in administration could change that.

“Director Sullivan will be assuming the director position. We really don’t know what his thoughts are around this particular topic, but I am sure it is something we will have conversations with the director and his staff about shortly after he takes office to try to understand if there is any information we can provide for him so he is able to make an informed decision one way or the other.”

Regardless of the decision, the Illinois Soybean Association says dicamba label training workshops are required for any certified applicator planning to apply dicamba to soybeans in 2019. Training in 2018 does not count for that requirement.

In December, weed scientists from the University of Illinois, Purdue University and Ohio State University released recommendations on dicamba applications for 2019. More information can be found here.

Interview with Aaron Hager.

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