Arkansas Plant Board Moves to Approve Dicamba Use in 2019

Arkansas Plant Board Moves to Approve Dicamba Use in 2019

The Arkansas State Plant Board recently adopted a plan to allow restricted use of dicamba in 2019 through May 25.

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The proposed new rule is applicable to all current (Engenia,  Fexapan, and Xtendimax) and future dicamba products registered for in-crop use in Arkansas.  According to a statement from the State Plant Board, changes regarding dicamba use in the proposed rule include:

  • Restrictions on in-crop applications of dicamba from May 26 to October 31.
  • A half-mile buffer zone required around all non-dicamba crops when dicamba is applied.
  • A one-mile buffer zone for university and USDA research stations, certified organic crops and commercially grown specialty crops between April 16 and May 25.
  • Prohibiting the mixing of dicamba with glyphosate between April 16 and May 25.
  • Requiring applicators to provide proof of training to pesticide dealers prior to purchasing dicamba in-crop products.

The entire “Arkansas Regulations on Pesticide Use” can be viewed here, and the approved changes regarding dicamba are available here.

The rules now go to lawmakers for approval.

In 2018, Arkansas banned all in-crop use from April 15 through Oct. 31, but still received about 200 dicamba injury complaints.

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