EPA to make announcement on herbicide today

Dicamba

Farmers might learn Tuesday what they can and cannot do with dicamba next growing season.

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is planning an afternoon announcement in Georgia, with the state’s ag commissioner, and Farm Bureau’s Zippy DuVall. 

A senior communications official with the EPA tells Brownfield he can’t be specific, but “it’ll pertain to a herbicide that impacts cotton and soybean farmers”.

The EPA was planning to release a decision about the re-registration of dicamba in the middle of October.  A California court forced EPA to withdraw dicamba’s registration earlier this year, and growers of soybeans and cotton are wondering if they will have the herbicide available next spring—and if so, what new restrictions may apply.