IFCA encourages applicator stewardship with new dicamba deadline
The Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association says they preferred the original June 30th state dicamba application deadline.
“It was the number one thing our members recommended after the previous two seasons as to how to best manage the stewardship of this product. Having said that, we understand the pressure that [Illinois Department of Agriculture] Director Sullivan was under and all of the things he had to consider.”
Jean Payne says they support the Illinois Department of Agriculture and are working with the new July 15th application deadline.
She tells Brownfield they are encouraging their members to keep stewardship a priority when making dicamba application decisions as warmer weather approaches.
“As I am applying this product, am I applying it in a way that it is going to successfully coexist with everything around it? That is going to be the key to success for this technology.”
Payne says most commercial applicators in Illinois were done applying dicamba by June 15th last year, and because of delayed soybean planting the majority have yet to start this year.