The North Dakota Department of Agriculture has developed a 24c Special Local Needs label, which prohibits the application of XtendiMax, Engenia and FeXapan on soybeans after June 30. The state-specific label is in addition to federal requirements. For the upcoming growing season, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says the department is stressing the importance of good weed management strategies. “With burndowns, it doesn’t hurt to keep a higher rate early on in the mix because residuals should also keep weeds down. Dicamba should only be used over-the-top for controlling weeds that got away because we weren’t able to get them early on.” Moving forward, Goehring says there are a couple factors to keep in mind with dicamba application. “It is a violation of the pesticide law if farmers or applicators don’t produce a record, and I need to enforce this. Also, I’m encouraging them to look ahead at the weather to reduce the chance of volatilization.”
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