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.
Despite unseasonably warm temperatures in the Corn Belt the past week, crop maturity did not make much progress.
Arkansas farmers might not have 2018 access to dicamba products in-season for over-the-top use in corn and soybeans if the ban passes a few more steps. The Arkansas State Plant Board recently approved of regulatory changes concerning the product’s potential use in soybeans and cotton.
Farmers in Arkansas who planted 34% (1.2 million) of the state’s soybeans recently filed a petition in response to the proposed April 15 ban on dicamba products. The group opposes the ban proposed by the Dicamba Task Force, saying they want access to the technology in season.
When USDA released its September Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE), corn and soybean prices saw red.
Bayer officials no longer expect their planned $66 billion acquisition of Monsanto to close at the end of 2017, saying instead it should close early 2018, according to Dow Jones.
Some problem pests just keep raising their ugly heads each season, and that’s certainly true for Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN). Despite a lot of work and effort on the part of university Extension and company researchers, this endemic pest continues to take a big bite out of soybean yields across the Midwest—to the tune of over $1 billion annually, according to the U. S. Department of Agriculture.
Farmers know the typical signs that SCN is present in a field--plants are stunted, yellow and scraggly. In severe cases, SCN can destroy 80% of a field’s yield potential. University of Illinois research shows that when SCN goes undetected in fields--where symptoms aren’t present--it can still sap yields.
Right now there are more questions than answers when it comes to dicamba damage.