Dicamba crop injury investigated in SE Missouri
The Missouri Department of Agriculture is investigating more than 100 complaints of herbicide damage from mostly dicamba, and in a few cases 2-4-D, in four southeast Missouri counties. The department’s Judy Grundler testified Thursday before the Missouri House Appropriations Committee on Agriculture, saying there are reports of damage to soybeans and other crops…
“We also see damage in peaches. We are hearing damage in peanuts, purple hull peas, watermelons, tomatoes – and, also, some alfalfa has been reported.”
The University of Missouri Extension will hold a forum on dicamba injury at the Delta Fisher Research Center in Portageville next Friday, July 29th.
Last week, the Extension released a survey showing only 43-percent of Missouri pesticide applicators read the label each time they mix and spray.
At the hearing, Southeast Missouri State Representative Don Rone of Portageville said will introduce legislation in January to increase penalties on those who illegally spray pesticides.