The Nebraska Department of Agriculture is seeing more complaints from farmers who say their neighbors’ use of the herbicide dicamba is damaging crops.
Department staff are investigating for noncompliance with state and federal laws, the department said Wednesday.
But the state does not plan to limit the use of dicamba in Nebraska at this time, officials said. Arkansas and Missouri this year both temporarily banned the sale and use of dicamba products; Missouri has since reinstated use with new restrictions.
The department said farmers should follow herbicide label requirements and be aware of weather conditions, to avoid the chemical drifting onto neighbors’ crops.
Dicamba drift is a growing concern among farmers, with more planting new varieties of soybeans engineered to be resistant to the herbicide.