SPRINGFIELD (WSIL) — The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) has added additional label restrictions for the 2020 growing season for the herbicide dicamba, which is commonly used on soybeans, after receiving a drastic rise in the number of complaints.
The Director of the IDOA, John Sullivan explains:
The number of off-target complaints received during the 2019 growing season rose dramatically, and the Department is taking action to reduce those numbers. These additional restrictions were reached after careful consideration with our Environmental Programs team at the Department, as well as input from stakeholders in the agriculture industry.
After careful consideration, Sullivan has determined the Department will be forwarding 24 registration requests to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) for Illinois specific labels for the use of dicamba on soybeans in 2020 requiring the following additional provisions:
In addition to these provisions, applicators must follow the federal guidelines when it comes to applying dicamba. That includes taking an annual certified applicator training course.