Illinois farmers impacted by federal dicamba label change

The Environmental Protection Agency has moved up the dicamba application deadline, further restricting the herbicide in Illinois for the 2023 season.   

The federal label change announced Thursday says over the top dicamba applications cannot be made on soybeans after June 12th or the V4 stage in Illinois, Indiana and Iowa.

KJ Johnson, President of the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association tells Brownfield the timing of the ruling is problematic for members. “We are only 45 days out from planting, right now. If you are going to make those type of decisions, you need to make them in September or October before purchases have been made on seed and chemical.”

Johnson says he is expecting their retailers to get a lot of questions about buy-back policies if growers choose to switch to a different herbicide.

He reminds farmers that this is a federal label change, so it cannot be disputed at the state level, but says IFCA has been in communication with the Illinois Department of Agriculture about any potential changes to the state label.  

“We don’t see any additional restrictions coming out of the Illinois Department of Ag for the 2023 growing season.”

Johnson says even if IDOA was interested in further restrictions, it is a lengthy process to change a label, and could not be completed before spraying season.

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