Oklahoma Department of Ag Looking for Dicamba Input on Tuesday Afternoon in OKCMon, 22 Jan 2018 21:10:54 CST
The Oklahoma State Board of Agriculture will hold a listening session on dicamba chemistry Tuesday afternoon, 1 PM, at the Agriculture Department Building at 2800 N Lincoln Blvd. in Oklahoma City. The Board will listen to public comment from the floor, and then consider adoption, revision, rejection or tabling of the following statement:
"The State Board of Agriculture supports continued advancement of science and technology to improve crop production results. New dicamba chemistries and seed genetics show promise to improve yield while allowing farmers to be more efficient.
"Last year, Oklahoma reported 33 soybean complaints and 11 cotton complaints. These are not unusually high numbers based on our history of complaints. It is also probably true that there were some incidents of unintended crop damage that were not reported. In order to continue to have these new products available to us, it is critical that we take great care to correctly apply these formulations according to the approved label.
"The labels of the new dicamba formulations require applicator training. Not only is it required, it is very good information every applicator should know.
"The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Agriculture (ODAFF) will strictly enforce the use and misuse of dicamba products. Old dicamba chemistries are not approved for over the top soybean or cotton use. Nozzles, sprayer training, and record keeping are required by the label for new chemistry (over the crop) dicamba. Penalties for misuse can range from $100-$10,000 per offense and offenses can be per day or per action.
"ODAFF has resisted the trend to overregulate new agriculture technologies because correctly applied crop protection products and seed use will provide increased opportunities for all Oklahoma producers. We encourage all producers to read the labels, apply correctly, and keep records of your applications. We need to make this work for our neighbors, ourselves, and our industry."
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