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Tracking dicamba, 2,4-D damage across Missouri

Farmers in southeast Missouri are still bearing the brunt of dicamba damage complaints.

Mindy Ward

June 27, 2018

2 Min Read

Reports of damage from dicamba started coming into the Missouri Department of Agriculture earlier this year, and most are still coming out of one of the hardest-hit regions — southeast Missouri.

In 2017, the first alleged postemergent dicamba complaint came in June 13. This year, it was one week earlier: June 7. By this time last year there were 98 dicamba damage complaints, compared to 68 this year, according to the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

With the adoption of Dow AgroSciences’ Enlist system in cotton, the state ag department also is tracking 2,4-D complaints.

Here is the breakdown of the reported injury numbers by week.

June 11:
Dicamba. Number of alleged dicamba complaints: 21. The 21 reports of injury include 504 acres of peaches, 75 acres of watermelons, two greenhouses with vegetables, residential trees, and personal gardens and grapes.

2,4-D. Number of alleged 2,4-D complaints: 10. Reports of injury from 2,4-D include 990 acres of cotton, 80 acres of soybeans, 6 acres of grapes, residential trees and residential tomato plants.

June 18:
Dicamba. Number of alleged dicamba complaints: 21. Reports of injury from dicamba this week bring totals to 3,107 acres of soybeans, 1,445 tomato plants, 514 acres of peaches, 75 acres of watermelons, 50 pepper plants, two greenhouses with vegetables, personal gardens, grapes, 15 rose bushes and more than 12 acres of residential trees.

2,4-D. Number of alleged 2,4-D complaints: 1. Reports of injury from 2,4-D bring total damage to 990 acres of cotton, 300 seedling trees, 80 acres of soybeans, 6 acres of grapes, residential trees and residential tomato plants.

June 25:
Dicamba. Number of alleged dicamba complaints: 26. Reports of injury from dicamba expanded to include 12,493 acres of soybeans, 1,445 tomato plants, 514 acres of peaches, 75 acres of watermelons, 50 pepper plants, two greenhouses with vegetables, personal gardens, grapes, 15 rose bushes and more than 12 acres of residential trees.

2,4-D. Number of alleged 2,4-D complaints: 4. Reports of injury from 2,4-D now total 990 acres of cotton, 300 seedling trees, 80 acres of soybeans, 8 acres of grapes, 25 acres of commercial produce, residential trees, residential tomato plants and a residential garden.

So far this 2018 season, the Missouri Department of Agriculture has received 113 total complaintsSo far this 2018 season, the Missouri Department of Agriculture has received 113 total complaints: 68 are alleged dicamba complaints and 15 are alleged 2,4-D complaints. Southeast Missouri accounts for most of the complaints filed, with 50 of the dicamba reports and 10 2,4-D complaints.

Return to MissouriRuralist.com every Wednesday to see the running tally of dicamba and 2,4-D complaints for 2018.

 

 

About the Author(s)

Mindy Ward

Editor, Missouri Ruralist

Mindy resides on a small farm just outside of Holstein, Mo, about 80 miles southwest of St. Louis.

After graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism, she worked briefly at a public relations firm in Kansas City. Her husband’s career led the couple north to Minnesota.

There, she reported on large-scale production of corn, soybeans, sugar beets, and dairy, as well as, biofuels for The Land. After 10 years, the couple returned to Missouri and she began covering agriculture in the Show-Me State.

“In all my 15 years of writing about agriculture, I have found some of the most progressive thinkers are farmers,” she says. “They are constantly searching for ways to do more with less, improve their land and leave their legacy to the next generation.”

Mindy and her husband, Stacy, together with their daughters, Elisa and Cassidy, operate Showtime Farms in southern Warren County. The family spends a great deal of time caring for and showing Dorset, Oxford and crossbred sheep.

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