IFCA preparing applicators for 2020 Illinois dicamba application rules
The Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association is preparing applicators for safe spraying of dicamba herbicides this growing season.
President Jean Payne tells Brownfield several questions were answered about the state’s new application rules for 2020 at their spring board meeting, including the 85 degree temperature restriction.
Payne says applicators must use the weather.gov website to determine if the temperature in their area is at a safe level to spray, but they will also be able to use forecasting within 24 hours.
“Especially for commercial applicators because they want to plan out their week. If it looks like wind speeds are going to be good, they want to try to figure out where all they need to go. So, at least giving them an extra 24 hours on the advance of using the website is helpful.”
Payne says they are working with the Illinois Department of Agriculture on a list of “Frequently Asked Questions” for applicators to refer to.