Monsanto Responds to Arkansas, Missouri Dicamba Bans

Monsanto, provider of the dicamba-tolerant Roundup Ready Xtend crop system for soybeans and cotton, issued the following statement on Friday, July 7 after Arkansas announced it would ban the herbicide for at least 120 days due to hundreds of drift complaints:

Farmers are the lifeblood of our company. Not only is our work at Monsanto focused on helping farmers be successful, but many of our employees also grew up on farms and have deep roots in farming communities. Like many others in the agriculture community, we are concerned about the reports of potential crop injury in Arkansas.

We sympathize with any farmers experiencing crop injury, but the decision to ban dicamba in Arkansas was premature since the causes of any crop injury have not been fully investigated. While we do not sell dicamba products in Arkansas, we are concerned this abrupt decision in the middle of a growing season will negatively impact many farmers in Arkansas.

We strongly encourage farmers using dicamba in other states to make their voice heard. Share how important this tool is to your farm and how you are using it responsibly. We have heard those stories. To ensure your continued access to dicamba products, make sure your elected officials and relevant agencies hear those stories, too.

In the many states we do sell dicamba, we will continue our efforts to help farmers use dicamba successfully. We encourage customers with questions or concerns to call 1-844-RRXTEND.

Hours later, the Missouri Department of Agriculture announced a stop sale, use or removal order on dicamba. Monsanto responded:

Missouri has reiterated its commitment to allow farmers to have access to technology and this decision to issue a temporary Stop Sale, Use or Removal Order for all agricultural uses of dicamba products in Missouri allows the State to engage in an expedited investigation process and consider additional special local need labeling restrictions for the remainder of the 2017 growing season.  Monsanto will actively engage in that process and appreciates the continued collaboration with the State of Missouri.

Monsanto is complying with the Order and encourages all growers, retailers and distributors to do the same.

We spent years developing the XtendMax with VaporGrip Technology to minimize the potential for off-site movement.  We want to stress how important it is that growers and applicators who use our product follow the label requirements and any local requirements.

Dicamba products approved for in-crop use are valuable tools for growers to manage problematic weeds.  Monsanto is committed to remaining actively engaged in this conversation and doing our part to help farmers use the Roundup Ready® Xtend® Crop System successfully.

We strongly encourage farmers using approved dicamba products in other states to make their voice heard. Share how important this tool is to your farm and how you are using it responsibly. We have heard those stories. To help ensure your continued access to dicamba products, make sure your elected officials and relevant agencies hear those stories, too.

We encourage customers with questions or concerns to call 1-844-RRXTEND.

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5 comments on “Monsanto Responds to Arkansas, Missouri Dicamba Bans

  1. Monsanto, please stop. Everyone knows your playbook now. We realize you’ve invested millions to get this technology to the market and that is appreciated; however, dicamba has always been volatile and that will never change.

    1. DMA salts of Dicamba are not volatile. Their vapor pressure is within 1 mm Hg of water’s vapor pressure, as is 2,4-D DMA 4.

      Salts are the least volatile forms, and are easily absorbed by plants. It is their nature as plant growth regulators, which allows small amounts to affect plants drastically, which makes many believe they are volatile. Note 2,4-D at 5 FL oz/acre is used as a PGR for citrus.

      Issues are not with “product drift”/volatility, but physical (applicator or weather) drift during application.

      Dicamba is being banned by states because of issues with applications. The product itself is not significantly volatile, but must be sprayed correctly.

      A weed scientist should be able to distinguish between true volatility and physical drift.

      1. Not volatile? you’ve been drinking the Monsanto coolaid. this is so absurd, dicamba hasn’t been significant for years because of it’s poor performance and volatility, it still doesn’t work well and still can’t be applied in heat which is of course the same as in crop. The play here is that Monsanto really wanted this disaster, now it’s essential for farmers to pay for the new tech fee to protect themselves even though most will never use dicamba, there’s polls out there prove this point. Monsanto hasn’t been able to come up with anything of any true value since Roundup in spite of the billions they’ve spent on research. I just can’t understand how this was ever approved.

  2. It is what it is. There was no such concern before Xtend dicamba was applied. It is not ethical to keep denying the fact. It does not matter how it happened. The culprit is dicamba and you have to get rid of dicamba to get rid of the problem. Monsanto should admit that this is a failure and experiment in the lab is different from real world practices. Monsanto, please Try to find a way to solve the issue before you kill the technology by yourself.

  3. I grew up in this industry and was around when Dicamba was first introduced. Is it an effective product yes, does it work well under the proper circumstances , yes. Where in lies the problem is that we are now trained to apply glyphosate under multi crop situations and not worry about drift, off target or overlap. We used the proper techniques of good application that we learned back in the 80’s. We applied Dicamba with out or having very minimal off target complaints, because we had the skills and the experience and knowledge to use it.

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