Dicamba Worries Drift into 2018

January 19, 2018

Key Points

  • Dicamba’s off-target movement in 2017 affected approximately 3.6 million acres of non-dicamba-tolerant soybeans
  • As a result, the EPA has updated its labels, several states have imposed additional restrictions, and several land-grant universities have issued new recommendations
  • Uncertainty related to the cause of dicamba’s off-target movement and the difficulties related to assessing damages have made it hard to determine liability and evaluate insurance claims
  • Dicamba-tolerant soybean and cotton acres are slated to increase in 2018, setting up agricultural retailers for more application business with limited new information
  • Custom applicators and agricultural retailers are seeking to raise application rates to defray higher costs and increased risk associated with dicamba

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