Public comment on in-crop use of dicamba herbicide sought

Dicamba herbicide has been used in the U.S. and 25 other countries for many years. | File photo

A public comment period on in-crop use of dicamba herbicide with Bollgard II XtendFlex cotton and Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans will ending Saturday. 

Monsanto is encouraging farmers, agriculture stakeholders and consumers to voice their support for the new technology, including over 70 soybean products to prevent resistance to nematodes and phytophthora.

“Stakeholder comments will really make a difference,” Kim Magin, Monsanto’s director of industry affairs, said. “Supportive letters are important for regulators to understand the various perspectives from farmers and agricultural stakeholders.”

Dicamba herbicide is not permitted by federal and state laws to be applied in-crop, but has been used in the U.S. and 25 other countries for many years. Farmers are now waiting for final approval for in-crop use for crops tolerant to dicamba.

The Environmental Protection Agency will continue to take public comments regarding the use of dicamba. The acceptance of comments is much like when the U.S. Department of Agriculture accepted comments about Monsanto’s Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans and Bollgard II XtendFlex cotton; these comments assisted in the approval for unrestricted commercial planting.

Comments may be submitted online at roundupreadyplus.com

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