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Important Dicamba Information for 2017 - Albaugh, LLC

Important Dicamba Information for 2017

UPDATED JULY 17, 2017

Dear Customer,

Albaugh corresponded with you at the outset of this season to ensure that all purchasers and users of Albaugh’s dicamba products understand that such products are NOT approved for application to the new GMO dicamba-tolerant crops, including soybeans and cotton. DO NOT APPLY DICAMBA HERBICIDES TO ANY DICAMBA TOLERANT GMO CROP IN 2017 UNLESS you use a dicamba herbicide product that is specifically labeled for that use in the location where you intend to make the application.

In that correspondence, we also advised of restrictions in the state of Arkansas on the use of dicamba herbicides. Since that time, on July 11, 2017 the state of Arkansas has banned all sales and uses of dicamba for agricultural use for 120 days, except for products packaged in containers of 1 quart or less, and except for uses on lawns, gardens, turf, pastures and rangeland.

We noted that other states might be considering statutory or regulatory changes affecting the use of dicamba in such states. Indeed, on July 7, the Missouri Department of Agriculture has imposed a statewide Stop Sale, Use or Removal Order on products containing dicamba for agricultural uses.

Accordingly, Albaugh is not currently shipping products containing dicamba to the states of Arkansas and Missouri. Customers who pick up dicamba products at Albaugh’s plant in St. Joseph, Missouri may continue to do so provided they confirm that such products will be taken to states other than Arkansas or Missouri for resale and use.

IT IS A VIOLATION OF FEDERAL AND STATE LAW TO MAKE AN APPLICATION OF ANY DICAMBA HERBICIDE PRODUCT UNLESS THE PRODUCT LABELING SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZES THE USE. Contact the U.S. EPA, your state pesticide regulatory agency, or your university Extension Service with any questions about the approval status of dicamba herbicide products in your state.

Please ensure that your customers are aware of these limitations on the use of dicamba, that Albaugh’s products must be used only in accordance with label directions, and to check the laws and regulations in their state to ensure that their use of Albaugh dicamba products comply with those requirements. We thank you in advance for your continued support and adherence to these stewardship requirements In addition, we encourage you to share this reminder with your customers.

Respectfully,

Mark Blume
Albaugh LLC – Director US Sales

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Dear Customer,

Albaugh appreciates your support in 2016 and we look forward to growing our relationship in the 2017 season. Albaugh is committed to the industry and growers across the U.S. by providing a true alternative for chemistries used by you and your customers. Albaugh has demonstrated this by introducing multiple dicamba formulations for different market segments and applications.

As publicly announced, new formulations of dicamba were recently approved for new in-crop applications to dicamba-tolerant crops. The new approvals have created situations where traditional uses of dicamba are either restricted, changed or banned in certain states. We encourage you to review and monitor the changes in each state routinely and communicate appropriately to your customers.

The approvals of dicamba tolerant crops and formulations for those crops will be an integral part of the farm economy going forward. In an effort to reinforce the stewardship needed to manage this new technology, Albaugh would like to remind you of the following:

At this time Albaugh’s dicamba products are NOT approved for application to the new GMOs. DO NOT APPLY DICAMBA HERBICIDES TO ANY DICAMBA TOLERANT GMO CROP IN 2017 UNLESS you use a dicamba herbicide product that is specifically labeled for that use in the location where you intend to make the application.  Some dicamba products may be labeled for weed control prior to planting a crop and subject to minimum plant back restrictions.  IT IS A VIOLATION OF FEDERAL AND STATE LAW TO MAKE AN IN-CROP APPLICATION OF ANY DICAMBA HERBICIDE PRODUCT UNLESS THE PRODUCT LABELING SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZES THE USE. Contact the U.S. EPA, your state pesticide regulatory agency, or your university Extension Service with any questions about the approval status of dicamba herbicide products for IN-CROP USE.

In addition, at this time the state of Arkansas in particular has passed a rule that severely restricts the use of dicamba herbicides even more than what is allowed according to the federally approved label.  Those restrictions include:

• Banning dicamba herbicides of dimethylamine (DMA) salt and acid formulations, except on pastures but only if all susceptible crops are at least 1 mile away in all directions.

• Prohibiting spraying of all dicamba composed of diglycolamine (DGA) salt and sodium salt from April 15 through Sept. 15, except on pastures or rangeland, again with a 1-mile buffer. • Other requirements affecting new formulations offered by BASF. 

Other states may be considering statutory or regulatory changes affecting the use of dicamba in such states.

Please ensure that your customers are aware of these limitations on the use of dicamba, that Albaugh’s products must be used only in accordance with label directions, and to check the laws and regulations in their state to ensure that their use of Albaugh dicamba products comply with those requirements.  We thank you in advance for your continued support and adherence to the stewardship requirements of this innovative technology. In addition, we encourage you to share this reminder with your customers.

Respectfully,

Mark Blume
Albaugh LLC – Director US Sales