MINOT, N.D.- After its first year as an over-the-top applicable herbicide, dicamba has come under scrutiny for its use in 2018.
Herbicides containing dicamba are a concern. Not so much for the products their used on, but for neighboring farms.
The chemicals can go airborne and migrate to other crops that are not resistant to dicamba. That is why the EPA made the chemical a "restricted use herbicide" for 2018.
Farmers who want to use it must now be trained, among other requirements and restrictions.
You can get a complete list of these universal restrictions for dicamba use on the BASF website, but we have some of the important North Dakota specific restrictions here:
- You can no longer apply dicamba after June 30th at the latest.
- No applications can be made if the temperature is above 85 degrees.
- No spraying if your spray nozzle is 80 degrees or less.
- And again, anyone, even if your under supervision, spraying dicamba must be trained this year.
There will be more Dicamba classes at the KMOT Ag Expo tomorrow from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. and Friday from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Training will be held in the conference room on the second floor of the State Fair Center.