Farmers encouraged to take survey on possible dicamba damage

Soybean field

UPDATE: The Dicamba Survey was closed on Sept. 8, 2017. Thank you to everyone who participated.

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) is gathering information on plant damage that may have been caused by use of the herbicide dicamba.

Dicamba is a selective herbicide used to control broadleaf weeds and woody plants. It has many applications, including lawn care, crop production and range management. Historically, it has been used in pre-plant and pre-harvest applications on soybeans. Recently, new low-volatile formulations have been approved for postemergence use on dicamba-tolerant soybeans.

“Many growers and applicators have expressed concerns regarding potential off-target dicamba applications with resulting crop damage,” Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. “Those who suspect dicamba damage are encouraged to complete our survey to help us quantify the number of potential reports and acres impacted.”

The survey may be found at www.nd.gov/ndda/dicamba-survey.

Information gathered from the survey will not be used for pesticide enforcement against applicators and no penalties will be issued based on the survey. Those wishing to file a formal pesticide complaint should contact NDDA at 701-328-2231.