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Weed Scientist Peter Dotray discusses how eligible growers can maximize dicamba use before July 31 and alternatives growers can use to fight weeds.

Shelley E. Huguley, Editor

June 12, 2020

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a ruling June 3 vacating the federal registration for Xtendimax, FeXapan, and Engenia. June 8, an EPA order addressed the sale, distribution, and use of existing stocks of dicamba.

The order first states that the distribution or sale by any person is generally prohibited except for ensuring proper disposal or return to the registrant.

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The order also states that growers and commercial applicators may use existing stocks that were in their possession on June 3, 2020, the effective date of the court decision. Such use must be consistent with the products' previously approved labels, and may not continue after July 31, 2020.

Peter Dotray, weed scientist with Texas Tech University and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Lubbock, discusses how producers, who had dicamba in their possession June 3, can maximize its use before the July 31 deadline. He also discusses weed-treatment alternatives. Watch this video to learn more. 

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About the Author(s)

Shelley E. Huguley

Editor, Southwest Farm Press

Shelley Huguley has been involved in agriculture for the last 25 years. She began her career in agricultural communications at the Texas Forest Service West Texas Nursery in Lubbock, where she developed and produced the Windbreak Quarterly, a newspaper about windbreak trees and their benefit to wildlife, production agriculture and livestock operations. While with the Forest Service she also served as an information officer and team leader on fires during the 1998 fire season and later produced the Firebrands newsletter that was distributed quarterly throughout Texas to Volunteer Fire Departments. Her most personal involvement in agriculture also came in 1998, when she married the love of her life and cotton farmer Preston Huguley of Olton, Texas. As a farmwife, she knows first-hand the ups and downs of farming, the endless decisions made each season based on “if” it rains, “if” the drought continues, “if” the market holds. She is the bookkeeper for their family farming operation and cherishes moments on the farm such as taking harvest meals to the field or starting a sprinkler in the summer with the whole family lending a hand. Shelley has also freelanced for agricultural companies such as Olton CO-OP Gin, producing the newsletter Cotton Connections while also designing marketing materials to promote the gin. She has published articles in agricultural publications such as Southwest Farm Press while also volunteering her marketing and writing skills to non-profit organizations such as Refuge Services, an equine-assisted therapy group in Lubbock. She and her husband reside in Olton with their three children Breely, Brennon and HalleeKate.

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