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Issue No. 9, Article 6/May 25, 2007

Illinois Declares Crisis Exemption

The following text is from a letter written by the Illinois Department of Agriculture to the United States Environmental Protection Agency Office of Pesticide Programs in which the State of Illinois declares a crisis exemption under Section 18 of FIFRA.

"The reoccurrence of freezing temperatures in the state of Illinois since the beginning of April has resulted in injury to the state's wheat crop. The injury in some areas has been severe enough to prevent the normal plant development that would result in the production of wheat for grain. Many fields will have to be torn up and planted to an alternative crop. Herbicides containing the active ingredients thifensulfuron-methyl and/or tribenuron-methyl, such as Harmony GT XP, may have been applied to many of the wheat acres. Restrictions on the product labels leave limited options for farmers to salvage any of the wheat crop. Many producers would like to graze the wheat in the field or cut and bale the crop for hay. This option is not available for producers who have used Harmony for weed control in wheat.

"The Illinois Department of Agriculture is declaring a crisis exemption under section 18 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and is seeking approval to permit the wheat crop to be used for hay or allow livestock to graze.

"Under this crisis exemption, baling of hay or grazing of the wheat crop would begin May 18, 2007 and continue for 15 days through June 1, 2007."

Any questions related to this should be directed to Mr. Warren Goetsch or Mr. Scott Frank (217-785-2427) at the Illinois Department of Agriculture.--Aaron Hager

Aaron Hager

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