On March 15, 2021, EPA officially denied North Carolina 24(c) Special Local Need labels for Engenia, XtendiMax, and Tavium that would have moved the cut-off date for over-the-top applications of dicamba to July 31 for both cotton and soybean.
With this rejection, the application cut-off dates in North Carolina would return to dates imposed by the federal labels for these products.
We recognize that majority of applicators who received the 2021 Auxin Herbicides-Best Management training were told application cut-off dates in North Carolina would likely be moved back to accommodate later planted soybeans. However, EPA failed to recognize our track record of responsible dicamba use in the state.
Lastly, we want to commend the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association, and North Carolina Farm Bureau for their support through this process; know that great effort went into presenting our case to EPA.