Plant Board opens
A public-comment period opens today and runs through April 22 on the state Plant Board’s proposed rule on the in-crop use of the weedkiller dicamba this season.
The board on March 3 approved a draft rule to allow dicamba’s use through June 30 on soybeans and July 30 on cotton. The board previously had set a May 25 cutoff date. The proposed rule also will require a pH buffering agent in any tank mix. A 240-foot downwind buffer also is required.
Comments may be submitted online at agriculture.arkansas.gov or mailed to the Plant Industries Division, P.O. Box 1069, Little Rock, AR 72203.
If more than a dozen public comments are received, the Plant Board is required to hold a public hearing. Previous public hearings on the issue have been held by the board in the late fall or early winter preceding a crop season.
The proposed rule applies to the in-crop Engenia, Xtendimax and Tavium dicamba formulations. The May 25 cutoff remains in effect until or unless a new rule is formally adopted. Any rules change by the Plant Board also will require legislative review and approval.
— Stephen Steed
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