Dicamba Crossfire: Farmers feel caught in the middle of the herbicide fight

This week marked the cutoff date for Dicamba, a popular herbicide for soybean farmers. It has been at the center of discussion for years, and some say farmers are caught in the middle.

A court removed the government’s approval earlier this year, leaving many producers to question their next steps. However, on the other hand, growers welcomed the move. Illinois farmer Scott Trimble lost nearly his whole crop a few years ago thanks to Dicamba drift from a neighboring soybean field. He tells Prairie Farmer it has been an uphill battle ever since.

Many soybean farmers had become afraid to use it for fear of similar situations, and others felt distrust in the government approval system.