December 11, 2017

Missouri Department of Agriculture issues Special Local Need labels for FEXAPAN and XTENDIMAX to reduce off-target crop injury during the 2018 growing season


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Agriculture today issued 24c Special Local Need labels for FEXAPAN, EPA Reg. No. 352-913 – SLN label MO-180003, and XTENDIMAX, EPA Reg. No.524-617 – SLN label MO-180002. The Department issued a Special Local Need label for ENGENIA, EPA Reg. No. 7969-345 – SLN label MO-180001, on Nov. 16, 2017. All three labels contain the same restrictions.

“These labels, like the one for ENGENIA, will allow producers to finalize their plans for the 2018 growing season,” Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn said. “Our goal is to show this technology can be used safely and successfully so that it remains in the market for future years.”    

According to the Special Local Need labels for the 2018 growing season, to apply FEXAPAN, XTENDIMAX and ENGENIA to dicamba-tolerant soybeans and dicamba-tolerant cotton in Missouri, applicators must abide by the following restrictions:

  • Restricted Use Pesticide – For sale to and use ONLY by certified applicators. Non-certified applicators are prohibited from applying this product.
  • Training Requirement – Prior to the purchase and/or use of the product, certified applicators must complete mandatory dicamba training provided by the University of Missouri Extension, which will be available soon. Training verification must be presented to the retail establishment, pesticide dealer or distributor upon taking possession of FEXAPAN, XTENDIMAX and ENGENIA. For more information on training, visit the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s website at Agriculture.Mo.Gov/dicamba. Applicators are also encouraged to attend training provided by the registrants.  
  • Dicamba Notice of Application Form – Certified applicators must complete an online Dicamba Notice of Application form daily prior to each application. The blank Dicamba Notice of Application form can be found at Agriculture.Mo.Gov/dicamba/notice.
  • Application Timing – The product cannot be applied before 7:30 a.m. or after 5:30 p.m.
  • Cutoff Date
    • Use of FEXAPAN, XTENDIMAX and ENGENIA in dicamba-tolerant soybeans and dicamba-tolerant cotton is prohibited after June 1, 2018, in the following southeast Missouri counties: Dunklin, Pemiscot, New Madrid, Stoddard, Scott, Mississippi, Butler, Ripley, Bollinger and Cape Girardeau.
    • Use of FEXAPAN, XTENDIMAX and ENGENIA in dicamba-tolerant soybeans and dicamba-tolerant cotton is prohibited after July 15, 2018, in all remaining Missouri counties.

These restrictions were determined based upon feedback the Department received from stakeholders and analysis of alleged crop injury complaints filed during the 2017 growing season.

“Through countless conversations and meetings, we were able to reach a compromise—one that is proactive and provides certainty for farmers as they make their decisions for 2018,” Chinn said. “The process included input from growers, researchers, industry partners and farm and commodity organizations, all of whom want to see Missouri agriculture thrive and prosper.”

To obtain a certified private applicator license, individuals must complete certified private applicator training provided by the University of Missouri Extension. Training programs are offered throughout the year by contacting your local county extension office.

If you are a pesticide applicator engaged in the business of applying pesticides for hire in exchange for a fee or other compensation, you must obtain a certified commercial applicator license through the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

To learn more about becoming a certified applicator, visit the Department’s certification and licensing web page.

More detailed information about this issue is available at Agriculture.Mo.Gov/dicamba