The Arkansas Department of Agriculture is reminding farmers and applicators about the State Plant Board’s 2021 rule amendments that prohibit the in-crop application of dicamba after June 30.
The federal law that applies to labeling and use of pesticides allows states to enact rules for pesticide use that are more restrictive than the federal label. While the federal label may indicate that dicamba can still be applied to cotton, and that smaller buffer zones are in order, the more restrictive provisions of the Arkansas rule are controlling.
Farmers and applicators who fail to comply with the Arkansas rule may be subject to civil penalties up to $25,000 per violation and possible suspension or revocation of their applicator license.
Producers with suspected dicamba symptomology on soybeans may request an investigation by the Department’s Plant Industries Division at www.cognitoforms.com/ArkansasAgriculture1/RequestForSuspectedDicambaInvestigation or by calling 501-225-1598.
The Arkansas Department of Agriculture is dedicated to the development and implementation of policies and programs for Arkansas agriculture and forestry to keep its farmers and ranchers competitive in national and international markets while ensuring safe food, fiber, and forest products for the citizens of the state and nation. Visit agriculture.arkansas.gov/. The Arkansas Department of Agriculture offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.