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The link above will take you to a story about the misuse of dicamba resulting in the death of a man in Arkansas. As I have stated throughout the last year, using dicamba off-label can be a very dangerous and illegal practice. The EPA has collected reports of crop damage from 10 states: Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas (EcoWatch, September 2, 2016). There have been numerous illegal dicamba applications, particularly in the mid-South. Its estimated that in Missouri and Arkansas over 200,000 acres have been illegally sprayed and have affected everything from soybeans, peaches, watermelons to tomatoes (Wall Street Journal, August 2, 2016). Tennessee estimates that an additional 35,000 acres of soybeans were illegally sprayed (Larry Steckel, University of Tennessee). In Mississippi county, Arkansas, where this argument occured, it was estimated that 4,000-6000 acres had been illegally sprayed by the middle of July (AgFax, July 15, 2016). Alabama has faired well in this with only 7 reported complaints but this is a reminder that although Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybean and cotton seed has been released with dicamba-tolerance, there are still no legal dicamba formulations that may be applied on either crop. This news release is not only a good reminder that illegal applications can cause severe crop damage and yield loss but may also have personal and emotional consequences that no one can anticipate.
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