Dicamba Access Critical For U.S. Cotton ProductionTue, 27 Oct 2020 17:35:17 CDT
The National Cotton Council appreciates EPA's work on issuing a new registration label for dicamba -- a critically important weed control tool for U.S. cotton producers.
NCC Chairman Kent Fountain, a Georgia cotton producer and ginner, said the NCC will be evaluating the label to ensure the herbicide can be effectively utilized in controlling weeds without undue restrictions.
Fountain noted that research conducted prior to availability of dicamba-tolerant varieties reported a minimum 50 percent yield-loss in fields with resistant pigweed.
"The economic damage that would result from not being able to use dicamba herbicides would be tremendous," Fountain said. "We greatly appreciate EPA's timely issuance of a new five-year label for this critical crop protection product for cotton producers."
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