In a June 3 ruling, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals nullified U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registrations for three products that use the herbicide dicamba, which was introduced in 2017.
The weed killer has been blamed for damaging neighboring fields and plants by failing to stay where it is applied.
On June 8, the EPA ruled farmers could use existing stockpiles of dicamba through the end of July, effectively getting producers through this year's growing season. An appeal of this EPA decision has been filed with the court.
In this Grain Talk episode recorded June 12, Grain Journal contributor Stu Ellis speaks about the effects of these decisions with Doug Owens, Illinois Department of Agriculture Bureau of Environmental Programs chief.