Stu Ellis With WCIA 3 Reporting On Dicamba Retailers
If the problems that have been seen this year with the herbicide dicamba are going to be avoided next year, there are many groups that have to be at the discussion table. Stu Ellis takes a look at the commercial applicators…
Dicamba has certainly become the story of the year and a lot of farmers have really deferred to commercial applicators to apply that chemical to their soybeans and try to get rid of some weed problems. Jean Payne is President of the Illinois Chemical and Fertilizer Association, and Jean, what farmers didn’t want to do, that liability is now on the shoulders of a lot of your members.
Well, this is nothing new for our industry, Stu. Professional applicators who have worked with the ag retailers have dealt with this whether it is dicamba, or atrazine, or alachlor, or glyphosate this is something we are used to as part of our business. Now having said that, I think we have seen some issues this year with this product that we are working hard to address. So if we can learn how to do it better next year that behooves all of us. There is a lot of liability on our members.
Illinois has had some problems, but not near as many as other states.
Right. Well, I think it all remains to be seen. We have to see this through until harvest. I encourage people not to jump to conclusions. But it’s going to take people working together and I can’t stress that more. Farmers need to let us know their experiences; they need to listen to their ag retailers; we need the chemical manufacturers to be at the table. We all need to be in this together and there is no one group to blame. Or no one group that is going to solve this by themselves. It really has to be a joint effort to improve this technology in the future.
Says Jean Payne, President of the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association. That’s our report from the farm, I’m Stu Ellis for WCIA3, your local news leader.
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