In 2017 the Xtend soybean technology was completely launched in the United States (e.g., Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] approval of dicamba-tolerant seed trait and POST-emergence application of labeled dicamba formulations). Despite the great level of broadleaf weed control observed when dicamba was sprayed POST-emergence in Xtend soybeans, particularly of the troublesome weeds giant ragweed and waterhemp, off-target dicamba movement is still a concern.
Rodrigo Werle a UW-Madison Extension Cropping Systems Weed scientist and his fellow researchers have designed a short survey intended to investigate Wisconsin soybean farmers’ perceptions on dicamba use in Xtend soybeans. The survey comprises of four main sections:
- Demographics of participants
- Outcomes from dicamba application in Xtend soybeans in 2017 and 2018
- Perceived dicamba injury in non-Xtend soybeans in Xtend 2017 and 2018
- Expected adoption of the technology in 2019 (assuming it remains available to US soybean farmers in 2019).
Farm Director Pam Jahnke recently had Werele in-studio to discuss the Dicamba survey and its importance.
Dr. Paul Mitchell, UW-Madison Extension Ag Economist, will assist with data summarization and analysis. producer answers will be kept confidential and the final results will be made available through the Wisconsin Crop Manager this fall. The outcome of the survey will also be shared with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and US EPA.
To participate in the survey, click HERE