Dicamba: Lessons Learned in 2017

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 3 to 4 p.m.

Presented by: Ford Baldwin, Practical Weed Consultants

Earlier this year, Missouri and Arkansas temporarily banned sales and use of dicamba following a deluge of complaints. Ford Baldwin, who will lead a pre-conference workshop on dicamba issues, recently appeared before the Arkansas Plant Board. Baldwin is a stanch supporter of biotechnology’s role in weed control, but he offers a critical perspective on dicamba use.

“People have the right to plant anything they wish without having chemical trespass on it,” Baldwin said in his June 29 column in Delta Farm Press. “While I wish it could be different, spraying large acreages with dicamba in the summer, without off-target effects, is virtually impossible.”

He sees a need for growers, suppliers and regulators to work together, develop better rules and prevent drift.

“I believe herbicides are a wonderful thing if they do their intended job and they can be used without causing harm to others,” he said. “In the case of the Xtend technology, the second part is not happening, and that is why the stop use was ultimately issued.”

He has been an expert witness in several legal cases involving agriculture. He has also been asked by insurance companies to mediate negotiations to determine fairness for all involved.

Join industry leaders and key decision-makers for three days of networking and professional development at the ARA Conference and Expo, Nov. 28 to Nov. 30, at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. You do not want to miss this essential event for retailers, distributors and suppliers in the agriculture industry. Register online today: www.aradc.org/register.