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Georgia avoids dicamba issues so far

 

By: Georgia Farm Bureau
7/26/2017 2:01:02 PM

 

While state governments in several other states have taken steps to limit sale and use of dicamba technology, Georgia has avoided the need for similar actions so far, according to state officials.

On July 10, Missouri issued a statewide stop sale order of herbicides using dicamba as their active ingredient. These herbicides are designed for use in conjunction with Monsanto's Xtend cotton and soybean seeds, which have traits that make them tolerant of dicamba. Other states have received numerous complaints that the herbicides had drifted into areas where other crops were planted, causing damage to those crops.

Georgia implemented a certification program and required training before the auxin class of herbicides - which include dicamba - can be used. The training, titled "Using Pesticides Wisely," provides information to help growers make wise decisions on when and where to spray pesticides.

Georgia Department of Agriculture Plant Industry Division Director Tommy Gray attributed the state's success in preventing dicamba drift.

"We are extremely fortunate and I truly believe the training efforts have made the difference," Gray said in an email exchange with Georgia Farm Bureau. "I also give growers here a lot of credit for doing the right thing and not using the new products in areas they might have problems."

The training sessions, developed by UGA Weed Specialist Stanley Culpepper, were held around the state in February and March.

Culpepper said the UGA Cooperative Extension Service has had no complaints arising from in-season applications of dicamba and did not anticipate any restrictions in other states having an immediate impact in Georgia.

 

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