Shane Greckel, who farms in the Bloomfield area, says dicamba drift settled on his soybean field last summer.
“There was some damage, just like a lot of other fields over the Midwest, so this was not an isolated case,” Greckel says. “Just looking at the possibility of a different type of drift off of a spray. It’s just another step in a learning curve that we in agriculture have to confront.”
Greckel says if the right steps are taken on dicamba application and damage still occurs, farmers should be reimbursed.
“Our farmers and ranchers need some kind of ability to be made whole again,” he says. “Our insurances do not take care of this and with commodity prices the way they are and the way the farm structure is right now, producers just need to be made whole.”
Greckel says it’s important producers strictly follow the directions when they use dicamba and related products, so they — and their neighbors — can stay safe.
“It’s like any experimental piece of equipment, whether that be biotechnology or mechanical, there’s always going to be some bugs in it,” Greckel says. “Does that mean that we have to completely throw out the program? Absolutely not. I’ll be a planter of dicamba beans in the future. It just means we have to be a little more proactive on our approaches.”
Greckel says the dicamba damage to his soybeans came from his neighbor’s use of the herbicide.
A new report estimates more than one-million acres of soybeans across the region have been accidentally damaged by the use of dicamba. Arkansas and Missouri banned the sale and use of the chemical last year following multiple complaints of crop damage due to drift.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton