BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Hundreds of Upper Midwest farmers are reporting damage from the controversial herbicide dicamba.
The agriculture departments in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota this fall all asked farmers to respond to surveys so they could gauge the amount of damage in their states. More than 200 farmers in each state indicated damage.
State officials are considering restrictions for the 2018 growing season that might surpass even new federal rules.
Dicamba has been around for decades, but complaints surfaced across the country this summer over drifting of newly registered formulations onto neighboring crops.
The federal government on Friday released new label language classifying the new formulations as restricted-use products. That means additional requirements for applicators and limitations on when and how the herbicide can be sprayed.