BASF, whose Engenia herbicide is the target of more than 200 drift complaints in Arkansas, emailed the following statement to CropLife on Thursday, following a move by the Arkansas State Plant Board to potentially place an emergency ban on the product. The agency is set to vote on the issue on Fri., June 23.
Engenia is the only dicamba formulation labeled for use in Arkansas crops.
BASF is closely monitoring the recent actions taken by the Arkansas Plant Board and the official statements posted by the Plant Board on their website. From our field visits, Arkansas growers are successfully applying Engenia herbicide to dicamba-tolerant crops this season to combat resistant weeds. We are continuing to support their efforts.
BASF is firmly committed to application stewardship and has worked diligently to equip and educate applicators of Engenia ® herbicide with the knowledge to make good application decisions. Our goal is that our customers have the best experience possible when applying Engenia herbicide. We certainly want to hear from growers if they have questions regarding the use of Engenia ® herbicide and we will continue to reinforce the need to read and follow label requirements.
We are here to support our customers and, if requested, can assist in investigating an off-target allegation in an advisory capacity to provide technical support.
We encourage growers and applicators to continue to take advantage of proper applications tools—like our OTAA online module and nozzle program. To date, we have provided more than 600,000 free nozzles to growers, to ensure a successful season. BASF also offers the On Target Application Academy online in the form of a digital training module at www.GrowSmartUnivers