More than 80 farm and ranch groups sent a letter to the EPA in late November asking Administrator Michael Regan to not make changes to the dicamba label for next year. NDSU Extension Weed Management Specialist Joe Ikley is anticipating label changes, but is not clear what that label changes may look like or when an announcement is coming from the EPA. “At this point, whatever the decision is, we want the EPA to give us time to plan and make the alterations to the plans now, instead of a few months from now.” Dicamba was created to be another tool in the weed management toolbox, but there have been numerous drift complaints across the country. Now, there are also parts of the country starting to see weed resistance to the product. Ikley reminds farmers there’s not a silver bullet to weed control. “Don’t just rely on one herbicide for most crops each year, integrate other management tactics before there’s resistance or another weed species shift.”
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