Dicamba: An Ongoing Discussion
By Sonja Begemann
Crops Editor, Farm Journal Media
AUGUST 18, 2017
Next year, things have to be different, says Forest City, Iowa, farmer Doug Tweeten. This past summer he, and thousands of U.S. farmers, walked into cupped, crinkled soybean fields with suspected dicamba damage. “I don’t think anyone wants to go through this again—in a perfect world the [dicamba] formulation won’t move,” Tweeten says.
In perspective, if various Extension experts’ estimate of 3.1 million U.S. acres of damage is accurate, that represents 3.5% of planted soybean acres, as of press time. This past spring, farmers planted Xtend technology, which withstands dicamba herbicide, on 20 million soybean acres and five million cotton acres, according to Monsanto.
More than 2,200 complaints with dicamba named as the suspect have been filed in the U.S. since the beginning of the 2017 season.