American Soybean Association Speaks Out on Dicamba

September 25, 2017 05:00 PM
 
Field of soybean dicamba damage

Dicamba damage has swept the U.S.—to the tune of about 3.1 million acres in two-thirds of the soybean growing states. As complaints pour in, EPA, manufacturing companies, state government and non-profits are scrambling to find a solution.

“We are committed to establishing both a cause and a path forward on the dicamba issue,” says Ron Moore, American Soybean Association (ASA) president and farmer in Illinois—a state that had about 600,000 acres of alleged dicamba damage. “Including what actions need to be taken to assure that soybean farmers can use the product safely without damaging their own or their neighbor’s crops.”

The association continues to support research from land-grant universities, some of which were coordinated by the national soybean checkoff. Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee and Wisconsin are among the states that performed research this season.

“We need this independent university research as well as other efforts by the national and state soybean checkoffs to determine the root causes of this widespread problem and how to address them,” Moore says. “We continue to engage the relevant technology providers to determine what went wrong and how we can move forward.

“It is very important to recognize that we do not yet have all of the data we need to clearly determine the causes of this problem, or the next steps we’ll need to take,” he adds. “It is absolutely true that farmers need and want new technologies to help fight resistant weeds, and we are going to support the marketing of those new technologies and new formulations. That need is not blind, however, and we need to ensure that these products can be used by farmers in varied climates and growing regions safely.”

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Kenn
Craigville, IN
9/26/2017 07:20 AM
 

  “We need this independent university research ". Does anyone actually believe that their is "independent "university research? Does anyone actually believe that if a university really did do "independent" research and came up with a result that the genetic giants didn't like that the university's research funding would remain intact? Until university research funding is independent, research findings are merely purchased "scientific proof" and advertising fodder for giant corporations.

 
 
common sense
Bristol, SD
9/26/2017 07:28 AM
 

  "It is very important to recognize that we do not yet have all of the data we need to clearly determine the causes of this problem", is it possible that the level of ignorance of these leaders don't know the causes of this problem? We have a number of very conscientious applicators that follow the label to a "T" and it still damaged non tolerant crops up to 5 miles! It is the PRODUCT! There are way more than 3.2 million acres affected, most have not been reported.

 
 

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