There’s been a lot of farmer frustration following last week’s Ninth Circuit Court’s ruling to ban dicamba use. Minnesota Soybean Growers Association’s Drift Task Force Chairman Bob Worth said some farmers are scrambling to find other herbicide options, but using Sygenta’s Tavium is still an option if farmers can find it. “Companies don’t make excess product. I’m sure all of the products available will be sold,” said Worth. It is unknown what a farmer should do if they applied dicamba in Minnesota before June 4. According to Worth, spraying the product before that date will likely not be an issue as long as farmers followed the label. However, if a farmer applies any of the three products illegally, a sufficient penalty is expected. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is approaching the regulation in a more conservative way compared to neighboring states. “We had a tremendous amount of issues with dicamba and that’s probably why we’re more conservative,” said Worth.
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