Final Report of Dicamba Injured Soybeans Exceeds 3.5 Million Acres

October 31, 2017 09:54 AM
 
Soybean dicamba damage

As harvest nears completion farmers, retail and state Extension agents have gotten a better idea of how many acres of soybeans were allegedly damaged by dicamba. Kevin Bradley, with the University of Missouri, compiled the number of reported complaints and estimated acres from state Extension agents.

The final numbers? Approximately 3.6 soybean million acres of damage and 2,708 dicamba-related injury complaints—both up from an Aug. 10 report of 3.1 million acres and 2,242 complaints.

 

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently imposed new label requirements for Engenia, FeXapan and Xtendimax. Changes seek to reduce risk of injury to sensitive and specialty crops and include information about wind speed, tank clean out and changed the label to restricted use, among other changes. States are reviewing the changes and are considering if additional restrictions will be required. For example, Arkansas is close to passing a rule that would limit dicamba application to before April 15.

 

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Dicamba damage can happen due to a number of factors. Larry Steckel, University of Tennessee Extension weed scientist, breaks it down to “five big issues.” Several of these issues were considered in recent EPA label changes.

  • Tank contamination 
  • Not following the label
  • Avoid inversions 
  • Old formulations 
  • Volatility in new formations

The product is under a 2-year conditional label provided by EPA. Results from 2017 indicate improvements must be made to avoid the same level of off-target damage and keep the product in farmer hands.

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Kenn
Craigvile, IN
11/1/2017 08:11 AM
 

  This is silly. The genetic breeding companies have paid millions for research that says their product is perfectly safe. And who can argue with bought-and-paid-for research? If you don't like it then you just need to buy dicamba resistant seed to protect yourself from the possibility of damage. Hmmmmm. Kinda reminds you of armed thugs who visit small businesses and demand payment for protection (tech fees) from your business mysteriously burning down. And if you don't want to pay up, they leave little doubt about who it is that will "mysteriously" burn your business down. Isn't that a textbook definition of extortion? From Wikipedia: "Extortion (also called shakedown, outwrestling and exaction) is a criminal offense of obtaining money, property, or services from an individual or institution, through coercion. It is sometimes euphemistically referred to as a "protection racket" since the racketeers often phrase their demands a payment for "protection" from (real or hypothetical) threats from unspecified other parties; though often, and almost always, the person or organization offering "protection" is the same one willing to cause harm if the money is not paid, and such is implied in the "protection" offer. Extortion is commonly practiced by organized crime groups." Have you ever had a seed rep give you this line???????

 
 
Kenn
Craigville, IN
11/1/2017 07:43 AM
 

  This is silly. The genetic breeding companies have paid millions for research that says their product is perfectly safe. And who can argue with bought-and-paid-for research? If you don't like it then you just need to buy dicamba resistant seed to protect yourself from the possibility of damage. Hmmmmm. Kinda reminds you of armed thugs who visit small businesses and demand payment for protection (tech fees) from your business mysteriously burning down. And if you don't want to pay up, they leave little doubt about who it is that will "mysteriously" burn your business down. Isn't that a textbook definition of extortion? From Wikipedia: "Extortion (also called shakedown, outwrestling and exaction) is a criminal offense of obtaining money, property, or services from an individual or institution, through coercion. It is sometimes euphemistically referred to as a "protection racket" since the racketeers often phrase their demands a payment for "protection" from (real or hypothetical) threats from unspecified other parties; though often, and almost always, the person or organization offering "protection" is the same one willing to cause harm if the money is not paid, and such is implied in the "protection" offer. Extortion is commonly practiced by organized crime groups." Have you ever had a seed rep give you this line???????

 
 
Kenn
Craigvile, IN
11/1/2017 07:57 AM
 

  This is silly. The genetic breeding companies have paid millions for research that says their product is perfectly safe. And who can argue with bought-and-paid-for research? If you don't like it then you just need to buy dicamba resistant seed to protect yourself from the possibility of damage. Hmmmmm. Kinda reminds you of armed thugs who visit small businesses and demand payment for protection (tech fees) from your business mysteriously burning down. And if you don't want to pay up, they leave little doubt about who it is that will "mysteriously" burn your business down. Isn't that a textbook definition of extortion? From Wikipedia: "Extortion (also called shakedown, outwrestling and exaction) is a criminal offense of obtaining money, property, or services from an individual or institution, through coercion. It is sometimes euphemistically referred to as a "protection racket" since the racketeers often phrase their demands a payment for "protection" from (real or hypothetical) threats from unspecified other parties; though often, and almost always, the person or organization offering "protection" is the same one willing to cause harm if the money is not paid, and such is implied in the "protection" offer. Extortion is commonly practiced by organized crime groups." Have you ever had a seed rep give you this line???????

 
 
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