With more than 1,000 formal pesticide drift complaints in which dicamba is named the suspect, farmers want answers. Wednesday Monsanto released a statement to describe the company’s plan in response to reported complaints.
- Provide support to farmers with damage symptoms. “Right now, we ask that you contact us as soon as possible at 1–844-RRXTEND to report any leaf cupping or other symptomology you are seeing in your fields that you believe might be the result of off-target herbicide movement. Once we have your report, one of our agronomic specialists will contact you to arrange a time to meet you at your field and to review the symptomology together.”
- Perform more research on weather and other environmental factors. Monsanto plans to “review weather data from across the growing region this season to help understand whether unusual environmental conditions or weather patterns might have affected applications this season.”
- Continue applicator training and education. The company says its trained more than 50,000 people this past year and plans to continue teaching proper application methods.
Experts at the University of Missouri suspect there are more than 2.5 million acres of suspected dicamba damage across the U.S. Because of lack of experience with dicamba damage at this time of year, researchers have little data on how late-season dicamba damage affects soybeans—combines will be the first indicator.