Monsanto reports it’s had 381 calls and visited 299 of those farms with complaints as of July 12. Ryan Rubischko, Monsanto dicamba portfolio lead, said in a recent interview there has been some symptomology related to dicamba, but some of those symptoms mimic dicamba damage and was caused by other issues.
Overall, BASF has had fewer calls alleging off-target movement than last year, said Gary Schmitz, BASF regional manager for technical services, in a recent interview. He believes that stewardship training efforts and applicators working hard to follow the label have made an impact.
Both companies agree that this year’s training, which reached more than 95,000 applicators between the three registrants (BASF, Corteva and Monsanto) and states, has made a difference. This training focused on understanding label requirements, such as what conditions lead to temperature inversions, downwind sensitive plants and drift reduction requirements.