Drift driving you nuts or just the clamor surrounding it?

If you think you have been hit with herbicide drift, or if you think your actions may have led to drift damage, consider these options.

Damage from herbicide drift is not a covered loss under federal crop insurance, according to Brad Clow, COUNTRY Financial crops claims manager. (Illinois Farm Bureau file photo)
Damage from herbicide drift is not a covered loss under federal crop insurance, according to Brad Clow, COUNTRY Financial crops claims manager. (Illinois Farm Bureau file photo).
By Mike Orso

Some Illinois farmers participating on social media have been active over the last week with reports of alleged herbicide drift damage to crops – specifically, damage from dicamba.

First, if you think you might be the victim of spray drift and you have crop insurance, take some action.

“On the federal crop program through the Risk Management Agency, that is not a covered loss,” said Brad Clow, COUNTRY Financial crops claims manager. “How that can impact our customers is on the APH (Actual Production History).”

Bottom-line: Clow said if you think you might be the victim of herbicide spray drift, file a claim.

“That way the adjusters can come out and get the information they need to assess the facts and what took place,” said Clow.

If you think what you sprayed may have caused unintentional consequences with neighbors, Clow said with the right insurance coverage you could be covered.

“We can insure that situation as well,” said Clow. “In that case, the same philosophy: If somebody approaches you and tells you that when you sprayed or hired someone to spray and that overspray impacted their crop, they should submit a claim as well.”

He said in that instance, don’t submit a claim to your crop insurer but to your farm liability insurance carrier.

While some southern states and Missouri have reported hundreds of dicamba drift-related complaints, the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) reported midweek it had 26 under investigation.

If you have a drift complaint, you can contact IDOA at 800-641-3934, or call 217-785-2427 for a complaint form. Or, click here for more information on the complaint process and requirements. IDOA must receive complaints within 30 days of when the damage was first noticed.

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