The Missouri Department of Agriculture’s statewide cut-off date for in-crop use of dicamba herbicide takes effect Sunday.  The department also reminds farmers that dicamba cannot be sprayed once soybeans reach the flowering or R1 stage, or when the wind is blowing in the direction of a plant that is not dicamba-tolerant.  Restrictions on dicamba use were drawn up last fall and went in effect last month for ten Southeast Missouri counties.

Despite the move, damage complaints alleged to be caused by dicamba are roughly on pace with last year.  As of Monday afternoon, 173 complaints of pesticide misuse have been lodged with the department, 118 of which allege dicamba misuse.  Over 18,000 acres of soybeans, 526 acres of peaches, 500 acres of residential trees, and at least 125 acres of other crops and trees are believed to have been damaged by the herbicide in the state.  75 of the complaints are from Southeast Missouri.