DETERMINING ‘OFF-TARGET DICAMBA’ YIELD LOSS IS A CHALLENGE
In addition to the normal challenges associated with harvest, some Midwestern growers are also trying to evaluate yield loss in soybeans due to off-target movement of dicamba.
Stephanie Porter, a sales agronomist with Burrus Seed, says she’s seen and heard reports of yield losses ranging from zero to 40 bushels per acre. But Porter says linking those losses directly to dicamba damage could prove difficult.
“I don’t think there is a good way to evaluate it,” Porter says. “It’s really hard to do comparisons when a lot of the off-target movement that we saw was completely covering an entire field. Comparing it to a nearby field may not be a good comparison.
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