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Dicamba Application Deadline - June 25; Temperature Restriction

After last week's headlines on dicamba, this week it is nice to only report that USEPA is sticking to their commitment to allow commercial applicators and farmers to use existing inventory of the dicamba products Xtendimax, Engenia and FeXapan.  In Illinois, applicators have until June 25, 2020 to apply these products to soybean.  Tavium, while not affected by the USEPA cancellation order, must also comply with the June 25 deadline for application.  USEPA has provided information to the US Circuit Court in California explaining the reasons why cancellation does align with the Court's decision to vacate the use of these products.  More could be coming from the Court, but in Illinois there is less than a week left in which to legally apply dicamba.  
IFCA also wants to remind everyone that the Illinois Special Local Needs label for the use of dicamba on soybean requires no application on days when the website predicts a high temp of 86 degrees or more for the zip code of the field where application occurs.  You should print the screen from on your day of application and follow IFCA's dicamba recordkeeping guidance to support your application decisions in case there is a misuse investigation later on.  
See the IL Dept of Ag Frequently Asked Questions about the dicamba cancellation order and how it functions in practical terms in Illinois.  If you have questions please contact Jean Payne at 309.826.3236 or