Ag Secretary Perdue Comments on Dicamba Issue

Ag Secretary Perdue Comments on Dicamba Issue

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue indicated to reporters this week that he would like to see the industry work out a fix on dicamba issues.

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“I would much prefer that method rather than a prescriptive, top-down regulation,” he said, adding that he is “hoping that the industry itself and the producers themselves are working toward a resolution.”

National Association of Farm Broadcasting reports that thousands of dicamba drift complaints have been filed across the Midwest and Southeast this year as dicamba-based herbicides have damaged neighboring crops that are not dicamba-tolerant. Last week, Monsanto said it is taking the situation “extremely seriously” and would offer support to affected growers.

Monsanto is the maker of the Roundup Ready 2 Extend crop system, which features dicamba resistant cotton and soybeans.