Dicamba Technology Demands Multiple Levels of Stewardship

Everyone involved with production agriculture in Illinois has a critical role to play in the proper stewardship of new products, such as dicamba-based herbicides, including strict adherence to all label guidelines. Working with other groups, ISA has developed key learnings to help farmers make best use of new dicamba technologies:

Any farmer growing non dicamba-tolerant soybeans or other sensitive crops who sees possible dicamba damage to crops should consider these steps:
  • Talk with the neighbor(s) who applied or contracted for the dicamba application(s).

  • If applicable, talk with the commercial applicator or product manufacturer. 

  • If a yield loss is probable based on severity of the symptoms, report a claim to your insurance company and ask the neighbor and/or the commercial applicator to do the same.

  • Contact the University of Illinois to assess the type of drift on the field. This bulletin provides details. 

  • File a drift complaint with the Illinois Department of Agriculture. Here’s how:

For the full story read: http://ilsoyadvisor.com/agronomy/2017/july/dicamba-technology-demands-multiple-levels-of-stewardship/

For additional ILSoyAdvisor.com stories on dicamba:

For additional insights, read Aaron Hager’s recent piece addressing The Dicamba Dilemma in Illinois: Facts and Speculations.

You can also visit the stewardship page on the Illinois Farm Bureau website for the latest resources each week.

The Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association (IFCA) has released a Pesticide Update & Guidance for Dicamba in their newsletter. 
Finally, be sure to check the manufacturer sites for the latest information on proper use of the three options of new dicamba formulations—Monsanto's XtendiMax, DuPont's FeXapan and BASF's Engenia.
Growers are asked to contact Monsanto as soon as possible at 1-844-RRXTEND to report any leaf cupping or other symptomology they are seeing in their fields that they believe might be the result of off-target herbicide movement. Monsato has issued a letter to farmers with more information, which you can find here