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Significant Changes to Dicamba labeling:

Dicamba damage that has become an increasing problem nationwide. EPA has reached an agreement with Monsanto, BASF and DuPont on measures to further minimize the potential for drift to damage neighboring crops from the use of Dicamba formulations used to control weeds in genetically modified cotton and soybeans. New requirements for the use of Dicamba “over the top” (application to growing plants) will allow farmers to make informed choices for seed purchases for the 2018 growing season. Manufacturers have voluntarily agreed to label changes that impose additional requirements for “over the top” use of these products next year including, most significantly: point.)

  • Classifying products as “restricted use,” permitting only certified applicators with special training, and those under their supervision, to apply them; Dicamba-specific training for all certified applicators to reinforce proper use;
  • Requiring farmers to maintain specific records regarding the use of these products to improve compliance with label restrictions;
  • Limiting applications to when maximum wind speeds are below 10 mph (from 15 mph) to reduce potential spray drift;
  • Reducing the times during the day when applications can occur;
  • Including tank clean-out language to prevent cross contamination; and
  • Enhancing susceptible crop language and record keeping with sensitive crop registries to increase awareness of risk to especially sensitive crops nearby.

Recall of Organic Insecticide Azatrol

On July 27, 2017 PBI-Gordon Corporation announced a nationwide recall of all Azatrol
products, specifically Gordon's Azatrol EC insecticide and Azatrol Hydro Botanical Insecticide. Both of these products can be identified by the EPA Registration Number 2217-836.
PBI Gordon initiated this national recall in part due to the result of a June 2017 decision by
Oregon Department of Agriculture to issue a Stop Sale, Use, or Removal (SSUR) of these
products after discovering the presence of five synthetic pesticide active ingredients which
were not listed on the labels of these two registered organic pesticide products.
While the five conventional active ingredients found in these two products can be used on a variety of ornamental, food, and feed crops safely, because they were not identified on the labels of the Azatrol products this constitutes misbranded and adulterated product. The non- declared conventional pesticide active ingredients found in the two organic pesticide products are: quantifiable levels of permethrin, bifenthrin, cypermethrin, cyfluthrin, and chlorpyrifos. Malathion was not detected at a quantifiable level.
PBI-Gordon is asking distributors to return any unused Azatrol in their inventories, as well as any unused Azatrol returned to distributors by their customers.