Posted 3/26/2020 05:10 (#8139424) Subject: IL Dept of Ag handing out fines for dicamba drift
The following (italics) is portions of an article from Prairie Farmer online. The entire article is linked at the bottom of this message. Please take the time to go to the entire article. A particular item to note is that recent research shows that dicamba can volatilize many days after application, regardless of application conditions. Is there anyone on AgTalk that didn't realize this 3 years ago?
As the 2020 growing season approaches, the Illinois Department of Agriculture says it’s yet to resolve about 200 dicamba-related drift complaints out of the more than 700 it received for the 2019 growing season. Of the 500 or so cases that have been investigated and resolved, about 100 resulted in fines.
Severe penalties for applicators who get a high number of points for applying after the cutoff date and forging records can go up to $10,000. But 80% of the fines sent out so far in 2020 for 2019 stayed at the lowest level of $750. The rest reached $1,000.
Training ensures applicators are compliant with rules that change year to year, she says. This includes the dicamba application cutoff that takes place 45 days after planting soybeans or June 20, whichever is sooner. For the 2020 growing season, farmers must also go to weather.gov and type in the ZIP code of their field. If the temperature is forecast at 86 degrees F during that day, they can’t apply.
“Even if it’s only 78 degrees and it’s 7 a.m., you can’t apply for the entire day if the forecast is 86 or higher,” Payne says, adding the rule is intended to limit volatilization, though new research published in October indicates that dicamba can volatilize days after application.
There is a new feature in the FieldWatch program at cropcheck.org where growers can volunteer to register what soybean traits they have planted. Prior to applying dicamba to soybeans, applicators are required to check FieldWatch for sensitive specialty crops, which includes organic soybeans.
Payne says the growers who hire commercial applicators must help the applicator by communicating with neighboring growers and report to the applicator the traits that are planted next to their Xtend fields.