Dicamba safety

Dicamba application presents many challenges for Missouri agriculture, and it is important to properly manage the herbicide to maintain safe use practices.

In July, the Missouri Department of Agriculture temporarily stopped the sale and application of dicamba due to drift concerns and growing injury complaints. In 2016, most complaints came from the Bootheel region, but this year they not only increased from 130 to 303 to date, but they also spanned more than 50 counties across Missouri. Crop damage from dicamba grew to more than 325,000 of the state's 6 million acres of soybean. Damage to residential yards and smaller acreages of peaches, watermelons, tomatoes, grapes, pumpkins and certified organic vegetables were also reported.

Despite challenges, there is strong demand for dicamba due to its high rate of success, but it is imperative that dicamba is applied according to label and properly managed to mitigate its movement.

Beginning in December 2017, the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and MU Extension, in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Agriculture, will offer web-based and in-person training for those wishing to use or purchase dicamba in 2018.

More information on the course will be available soon on this site.

Published Monday, October 9, 2017