A roller coaster ride for Dicamba in the state of Arkansas came to an end on Friday when the Arkansas State Plant Board voted to recommend an emergency ban of Dicamba. The ban applies to Engenia products for the remainder of this crop season. The Xtendimax technology had already been banned in January of this year. An earlier vote of 8-6 to ban dicamba was overturned on a procedural error on June 20. The Plant Board upheld the original 8-6 vote in favor of a 120-day emergency order requiring all dicamba use to come to an end. The ASPB has received 242 complaints of dicamba misuse. The ban would have exemptions for rangeland and pasture uses. To go into effect, the ban would have to be signed by Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson.
If the governor signs the recommendation, it then needs approval by the Executive Subcommittee of the Arkansas Legislative Council to be enacted. Both are expected to act within days.
Source: NAFB News Service