Good Stewards of Technology

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  1. Know before you grow. Talk to your neighbors about your planting and application plans.
  2. Assess and document neighboring sensitive areas, including wooded lands, parks, gardens, specialty crop fields, vineyards and non-dicamba-tolerant soybeans.
  3. Explore and use the latest technologies for recordkeeping, measuring wind speed, and assess other weather factors.
  4. Read and follow the Engenia, FeXapan or XtendiMax labels to the letter.
  5. Have a backup plan in the event you are unable to apply on a field due to wind direction or speed, potential for inversion or other concerns.
  6. Do not use non-approved dicamba herbicides on dicamba-tolerant soybeans.
  7. Start with a clean field. Plant into a weed free seed bed using tillage and/or a combination of burndown herbicides. (Source: University of Illinois)
  8. Select and apply within 7 days of planting a soil-residual herbicide that targets your most problematic weed species. (Source: University of Illinois)
  9. Scout fields 14 days after planting. Apply dicamba at 0.5 ae/acre when weeds are less than 3 inches tall and when conditions allow for application. (Source: University of Illinois)
  10. Scout treated fields 7 days after the dicamba application. If control is not complete or another flush of weeds has emerged, consider using non-dicamba options for complete weed control such as alternative herbicides, cultivation and hand rogueing. The goal should be zero weed seed production. (Source: University of Illinois)

LeafOur Role as Good Stewards

Being good stewards of new crop and chemical technologies helps us maintain the integrity of the U.S. food and grain supply and preserves our access to future technologies and processes. Farm Bureau supports farming methods that properly care for the land, air and water and that produce a safe food supply. It is more important than ever that farmers understand and properly use crop protection products, as biotechnology and other innovations make new crop and crop protection products available.

Proper understanding and handling of crop protection products is important to every farmer.

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Illinois Farm Bureau Policy Supports:

  • Farming methods that result in environmental stewardship
  • Responsible and legal use of all herbicides including Dicamba
  • Growers following all label instructions to ensure future product availability
  • Strict adherence to contracts and sales agreements covering the production, marketing and use of biotechnology products
  • Anyone employed to apply general use pesticides must be licensed by the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

LeafWhy Steward? - To ensure crop technologies remain effective through regulatory compliance, and to preserve opportunities for future biotech products and processes. To protect our neighbors, the environment, and the communities around us.

LeafWhat else? - Use the resources listed here to help you understand and properly use crop protection products. Doing so is more important than ever as biotechnology and other innovations bring new crop and crop protection products to market.

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