Who's Planting Dicamba-Tolerant Crops This Year?

March 22, 2017 10:16 AM
 
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Are you, your neighbors ready for dicamba?

Just how widespread will farmers use the new over-the-top formulations of dicamba—BASF’s Engenia, DuPont’s FeXapan and Monsanto’s XtendiMax? Based on a recent Farm Journal Pulse poll, 33% of the 1,215 respondents say they will plant dicamba-tolerant soybeans and/or cotton.

Geographically speaking, there doesn’t appear to be isolated areas where everyone plans to plant dicamba-tolerant crops—nor are there areas were nobody will. That serves as a reminder farmers must be good stewards and neighbors.

“Remember broadleaf plants are very, very sensitive to dicamba,” says Mandy Bish, senior research specialist with the University of Missouri. “It only takes a small amount to injure non-target plants.”

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Jim Martindale
Bowbells, ND
3/22/2017 05:16 PM
 

  Those indicating "yes" will be among the very first to experience Dicamba resistant weeds. One doesn't have to be much of a prophet to know it either. Why haven't these farmers learned from GT weed resistance experiences? My hunch? They haven't realized that the use of the chemicals has nothing to do with weed resistance. The peptides which produce the tolerance to the chemical are reproduced (Jill Clapperton quote 2010) in the soil microbiome and are transmitted into the plant microbiome to impart the resistance to the susceptible weeds and more. It might be so bad if the traits were not passed on through the classes of livestock being fed the beans. The gut reproduce it too just like the soil. SO wherever the manure goes the problem goes too.

 
 

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