Soybeans with dicamba close up.
DICAMBA DAMAGE: The Kansas Ag Department says the number of complaints alleging crop damage from herbicide misuse has increased, and it is investigating the issue.

Kansas Department of Ag investigating herbicide complaints

Investigation begins after KDA experiences increase in herbicide misuse complaints due to dicamba.

The Kansas Department of Agriculture has experienced an increase in herbicide misuse complaints alleging crop damage due to herbicide products containing dicamba. KDA’s pesticide and fertilizer program staff is actively investigating these complaints for noncompliance with state and federal laws, but cautions producers that these investigations will not characterize crop damage, acres involved or estimated dollar losses.

The investigation comes as both Arkansas and Missouri have temporarily banned the use of dicamba products because of unintended damage to crops.

KDA strongly encourages all users of herbicides, including products containing dicamba, to be attentive to label requirements when selecting and applying products (not all dicamba products are labeled for soybean application), to be aware of vegetation on surrounding properties, and to be vigilant of weather conditions. Meticulous cleaning of tanks, hoses and nozzles used for herbicide applications is necessary to prevent chemical carryover to the next application. Caution is especially important if you have crops in different growth stages, e.g., double-cropping soybeans after wheat.

KDA supports the development of new technologies in the agricultural industry, and stands ready to assist the agricultural community as it determines how to implement the new technologies to be more efficient and sustainable in producing the food supply for a growing world. KDA does not plan to limit use of dicamba in Kansas.

For more information about the KDA pesticide and fertilizer program, or to submit a complaint, go to agriculture.ks.gov/pesticide-fertilizer.

Source: Kansas Department of Agriculture

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