Dicamba Has Become The Story Of The Year
Separated only by the 30 yards of a township road and ditch banks are a good looking soybean field and one that has suffered from the effects of dicamba. And this time-worn and dependable weed killer used by millions of farmers over 40 years has become the bane of rural America that threatens to tear apart family friendships and the social order of a drought stricken Cornbelt. Dicamba has not only become the story of the year in just a few months, but has the potential to rearrange long term trends in farm management and even ownership.
While agri-chemical companies sold dicamba formulations promoted as staying on the crop and not drifting onto other fields, farmers around the Cornbelt bought the package and hoped that dicamba and its tailored seed would solve weed management issues, save time, and even help ease financial challenges.
While many farmers happy with dicamba have pictures showing fields clean of weeds, but the undesired ability of dicamba to kill weeds and crops belonging to other farmers has torn neighborhoods apart.
The dicamba makers have blamed farmers the problems and have not accepted any blame. And after one prominent agrichemical executive said the dicamba damage might even result in a yield increase, University of Illinois weed scientist Aaron Hager said, “That is perhaps the most troubling statement I have heard. In my opinion, statements similar to these are unprofessional and unethical.”
Lawyers are becoming involved in a big way. In addition to a farmer suing his neighbor, farmers are now leveling their sights against the dicamba sellers.
That is our report from the farm, I’m Stu Ellis for WCIA3 your local news leader.
S2LS Ag Communications
Cornbelt Update Weekly Newsletter
WAND TV AgriBusiness Today
Herald & Review weekly columnist
Farmgate commentator on Miller Media Radio
Complete audio and video production services