ASA president blindsided by dicamba court ruling


ASA president blindsided by dicamba court ruling

The president of the American Soybean Association says ASA was blindsided by the 9th Circuit Court ruling that vacated registrations for three dicamba herbicides.

Bill Gordon, who farms near Worthington in southwest Minnesota, tells Brownfield the decision came as a shock to everyone, even EPA.

“We’ve been in constant contact with EPA, and this EPA has really been great at communicating back and forth, two-way communication. We didn’t expect the (court ruling) to come this soon, we knew there was a ruling coming. And then to vacate it, just really unprecedented behavior.”

On Tuesday the EPA filed a brief defending its order allowing farmers to use existing stocks of XtendiMax, FeXapan and Engenia.  The plaintiffs in the case were given two days to respond, and if the court upholds the emergency motion it could bring the use of those three products to an immediate halt.

“It’s definitely not over, but the American Soybean Association (and) other commodity groups are on the forefront and we’re out there trying to make a difference and help everybody.”

Gordon says he’s also concerned the 9th Circuit Court might go after other herbicides, like Enlist Duo.

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