NDSU Extension Pesticide Program Specialist Andrew Thostenson says the Environmental Protection Agency is considering ways to manage drift as part of any future dicamba strategy. Thostenson says something needs to change. “Once EPA makes a decision, we’re (North Dakota) going to have to sit down and look at how does that square up or match what we’ve done so far and what we need to do to improve the situation for 2019? I know the agriculture commissioner indicated some enthusiasm for trying to get the ability to to use lower use rates, so that will perhaps reduce the amount of material in the environment and in theory, would also reduce the amount of off-target movement. The offset to that is the resistance piece.” When considering the next steps, Thostenson says the state must consider the cut-off dates for application.
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