Faced with numerous complaints of herbicide drift, the Environmental Protection Agency is reviewing the label restrictions for the new dicamba formulations. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is also reviewing the issue.
“We are seeing an increase in complaints about dicamba drift and we are monitoring them very closely,” said Assistant Agriculture Commissioner Susan Stokes.
The number of complaints in Minnesota do not compare to states, like Arkansas, that has more than 700 complaints.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has launched a special dicamba page on its website. On that site, farmers can fill out a survey on drift issues. The new dicamba formulations from BASF, DuPont and Monsanto have been granted a conditional registration.
“The EPA registration is a two-year registration,” Stokes said. “The Minnesota registration is one year so we’re going to look very carefully at it and try to understand what we’re doing before we register it for next year.”