This summer, local farmers have noticed damage to their soybean crops due to the volatile nature of the herbicide dicamba.

This summer, local farmers have noticed damage to their soybean crops due to the volatile nature of the herbicide dicamba. Volatility is the tendency of a substance to evaporate at normal temperatures.

“There have been visual symptoms of dicamba injury on soybeans in Chippewa County. A notable number of soybean acres have been impacted throughout the state of Minnesota and throughout the United States, and the number of reports to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture continues to increase,” stated Jared Goplen, Crops Extension Educator at the University of Minnesota, Morris.

Dicamba injury to non-target soybeans has been widely reported in south central and southwest Minnesota. Symptoms of injury range from cupping and strapping of leaves to height reduction in growing plants.

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