Dicamba, a weed killer notorious in some states for spreading well beyond where it’s sprayed, harming other plants along the way, is affecting growers in Ohio.
The state has received only 19 official complaints of dicamba damage to fields this year. However, there are likely three to four times as many instances of harm because people are reluctant to report their neighbors, said Mark Loux, an Ohio State University Extension weed specialist.
Most often, farmers don’t fault their neighbor who applied the dicamba — they fault the dicamba itself because of how extensively it can spread beyond a targeted field, even when applied correctly, Loux said.
“The sense I get from people here is, ‘This is not acceptable.’ What’s not acceptable is this movement with no ability to control it,” he said.
Missouri and Arkansas have banned the use and sale of dicamba. In Tennessee, restrictions have been imposed on how and when dicamba is applied.… Continue readingRead More »