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Update on Dicamba use in Arkansas

Farmers' soybeans and cotton are again being damaged by off-target movement of dicamba, the state Plant Board was told Thursday.  It is a reprise of last summer, when the illegal application of the herbicide damaged thousands of acres of soybeans, cotton, ornamental trees and fruits and vegetables.  Investigators with the Plant Board, a division of the state Department of Agriculture, are working seven days a week, looking into the complaints, said Susie Nichols, director of the board's pesticide division.

Twenty-five formal complaints have been filed, mostly by farmers in Monroe and Mississippi counties, but the board has received hundreds of complaints by telephone, she said. Plant Board investigators last summer confirmed 23 cases of dicamba damage.

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Dicamba/2,4-D Tolerant Crop Information from the South Dakota Department of Agriculture:

All Applicators: 

  • Must use only approved tank mixes and nozzles.
  • Must not apply when wind is greater than 10-15 mph and blowing toward sensitive crops.
  • Must not apply any product when wind is greater than 15 mph.

Requirements for the use of BASF Engenia Herbicide, Monsanto Xtendimax with Vapor Grip Technology, Dupont FeXapan with Vapor Grip Technology and Dow AgroSciences Enlist Duo can be found online at the SDDA website at

Worker Protection Standard - How to Comply:

Worker Protection Standard Update The Worker Protection Standard (WPS) is a federal EPA regulation that primarily protects workers (people employed to perform work activities related to the production of agricultural plants) and pesticide handlers (people employed to mix, load or apply pesticides). On November 2, 2015, EPA revised the WPS, making significant changes to the rule’s requirements. To accomplish this, EPA added the new revisions to the end of the existing regulation.

A table that summarizes the key provisions in EPA’s current WPS regulation and the 2015 revisions can be found online at

Everything you need to know about WPS can be found online at

  • How to Comply Manual
  • WPS Training Materials
  • WPS Handouts