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Soybean Crops Damaged by Drifting Herbicide

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Some Brown County farmers in South Dakota are complaining to the state that their soybean crops have been damaged by a drifting herbicide.

South Dakota State University Extension specialist Gared Shaffer says the herbicide in question kills broad-leafed weeds but also can damage or kill legumes.

State Agriculture Department Agronomy Services Manager Tom Gere says the agency is investigating the crop damage, and whether chemicals have been applied incorrectly. The probe could take several more weeks.

The American News reports that even if there is evidence that dicamba herbicide drift damaged someone’s crop, the state can do little to help the producer.

Crop insurance also wouldn’t cover the damage. Farmer liability insurance might if the cause of the damage can be pinpointed.

Source: Aberdeen American News


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