Investigations into dicamba complaints reveal pattern of label violations
Investigations into dicamba complaints in Minnesota show applicators are struggling to follow the label.
Joshua Stamper with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture says their ongoing work reveals a pattern of label violations.
“A lot of what growers are struggling with is measuring wind speed at boom height, not attending the dicamba-specific training, just not necessarily paying attention to what is downwind when they make an application.”
Applicators are also failing to document all information necessary to the label, and he tells Brownfield there can be a steep price to pay.
“For growers that it’s their first time violating the label or not complying with orders, it’s going to be (like) an expensive speeding ticket.”
And for growers with multiple violations, Stamper says it’s going to become “a very, very expensive speeding ticket.”
Last year there were more than 300 reports of alleged dicamba misuse in Minnesota. In addition to federal label requirements, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture is prohibiting dicamba applications south of I-94 after June 12th and north of I-94 after June 30th. there is also a temperature cutoff of 85 degrees for the 2022 growing season.