North Dakota and South Dakota farmers can continue to use existing stocks of FeXapan, XtendiMax and Engenia dicamba herbicides in the 2020 spray season. On Friday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied a plaintiff’s emergency motion to stop dicamba use and hold EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler in contempt of court. According to the EPA, farmers may use existing stocks of the three herbicides through July 31 as long as they follow their existing state label. North Dakota and South Dakota farmers may continue to apply the products until June 30 or the R1 first bloom stage, whichever comes first. Minnesota’s in-state dicamba cutoff was June 20. The legal battle of the use of the dicamba products will continue. BASF and Corteva Agriscience may also be allowed to intercede the case. Judges are giving plaintiffs until Tuesday to respond before the ruling is made on that request.
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