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Annual Agronomy Conference

The conference is still taking place, December 16-17! We will be accommodating social distancing, and there will be a mixture of the presentations through video livestream and in-person. More information will be coming to you soon!

Latest News on Dicamba

While dicamba use in South Dakota is prohibited after June 30, the battle still goes on.  In a one-sentence order, the court denied the petitioner groups’ emergency motion that sought a halt to over-the-top dicamba use on soybeans and cotton following the court’s June 3 decision vacating registrations of Xtendimax, Engenia and FeXapan.

The court also granted motions by CropLife America and grower groups to participate as friends of the court, allowed BASF and Corteva Agriscience to intervene (Bayer is already an intervenor), and ordered briefing for next week on BASF’s motion to stay the June 3 decision.

Bayer, BASF and Corteva have all shared statements on the links below:

Bayer
BASF
Corteva

Pesticide Container Disposal Schedule Released

As the season progresses and crop protection products are applied, the handling and disposal of all those pesticide containers deserve some attention. Recycling these containers diverts thousands of pounds of plastic annually from South Dakota landfills.The South Dakota Department of Agriculture has released it's collection schedule offering 39 sites around the state for your convenience.  

2020 Schedule

ResponsibleAg - Committed. Compliant. Safe. 

Over 2,560 facilities have registered with the ResponsibleAg Certification Program.  1,395 are currently certified, many of which are in their second cycle becoming re-certified. We encourage you to visit responsibleag.org to learn more and see the list of participating members.  Click here to read why your peers are in the program. If you aren't registered, don't delay - register today!

ResponsibleAg is an industry-led initiative committed to helping agribusinesses properly store and handle farm input supplies. The program helps members ensure they are compliant with environmental, health, safety and security regulations to keep employees, customers and our communities safe.

Regulatory Alerts

Worker Protection Standard (WPS)

On November 2015 USEPA revised the worker protection standards to implement more protection for agricultural workers and pesticide handlers. Most of the revised WPS standards became effective on January 2018.  The WPS requires commercial pesticide handler employers to provide specific information and protections to workers, handlers when WPS-labeled pesticide products are used on agricultural establishments in the production of agricultural plants.  Additional resources on Worker ...more

South Dakota Launches New Sensitive Crop Registry 

 

 The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) announced a new partnership with FieldWatch, Inc. to introduce a new sensitive crop registry that will enhance communication between applicators and producers in South Dakota. FieldWatch is a not-for-profit company with existing registries in multiple states across the country. The new partnership will facilitate increased awareness and communication as part of ongoing stewardship activities.     Read More...

 

Items of Interest

Doing Your Part:  Recycle Plastic Ag Pesticide Containers

As the season progresses and crop protection products are applied, the handling and disposal of all those pesticide containers deserve some attention.  Recycling these containers diverts thousands of pounds of plastic annually from South Dakota landfills. The first collection will be held July 13th.  To view the 2020 pesticide container recycling collection schedule, click here. The mini bulk registration form can be found here.

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture has released it's collection schedule offering 39 sites around the state for your convenience.  Pesticide containers acceptable for recycling must meet the following minimum requirements:

(1) Be triple-rinsed or equivalent;

(2) Consist of high density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic of 2 1/2 gallons capacity or less;

(3) Contain no visible pesticide residue inside or outside of the container; however, if the container held crop oil, a nutritional spray, an adjuvant or surfactant, or a Bacillus thuringensis product as the sole active ingredient, the presence of residue will not disqualify it for acceptance;

(4) Contain no more than 0.5 fluid ounces of clear water; and

(5) When possible, be delivered with labels on the container.

For more information about pesticide container recycling, contact the SD Department of Ag, Agriculture Services at 605/773-4432.  Find the schedule online at