February 16, 2018

Missouri Department of Agriculture partners with Dow AgroSciences on proactive measures to ensure proper use of 2,4-D technology


In an effort to proactively protect 2,4-D technology, the Missouri Department of Agriculture has worked in tandem with Dow AgroSciences to issue a Special Local Need label for Enlist One and Enlist Duo for the following counties: Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Dunklin, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Ripley, Scott and Stoddard.

“We as farmers pride ourselves on being good stewards of our natural resources. We use technologies to more efficiently grow agricultural products and run successful businesses,” Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn said. “It is imperative that we use the technology at our disposal in a responsible and appropriate way, because farmers need to not only be good stewards of the land, but also good stewards towards our neighbors. We’re all in this together and we need to do our part to protect our industry.” 

According to the Special Local Need label for the 2018 growing season, to apply Enlist One and Enlist Duo applicators must abide by the following restrictions:

  • Training Requirement – Applicators must complete mandatory Enlist 360 Training. For information on training, visit the Enlist website.
  • Wind Speed - DO NOT apply at wind speeds greater than 10 mph.
  • 2,4-D Notice of Application Form – Applicators must complete an online 2,4-D Notice of Application form daily prior to each application. The blank 2,4-D Notice of Application form can be found at: http://Agriculture.Mo.Gov/24d/notice.
  • Recordkeeping requirement – Applicators must keep use records in accordance with the recordkeeping requirements of Dow AgroSciences’ licensing agreement.

The expiration date on both Special Local Need labels is Oct. 1, 2018. These restrictions are in place for Southeast Missouri because of the diversity of crops in the area like watermelon, peaches, berries, purple hull peas, peanuts, and also because of the concentration of farms and proximity of crops.

The Department of Agriculture, under federal and state law, is responsible for ensuring herbicides are applied safely and correctly in accordance with the product label. By providing a Missouri-specific label, we are working to lessen the need for regulatory action and ensure this weed control technology remains available for years to come.

More detailed information about this issue is available at http://agriculture.mo.gov/24d/.