The complaints about herbicide drift run the gamut — drift from an adjacent field, drift from long distances, temperature inversion issues, plane getting in the wrong field, farmer getting his own fields mixed up, contamination in the load, carryover.
At a recent meeting at the Arkansas State Plant Board, new dicamba- and 2,4-D-tolerant crops were discussed. There were presentations by several university weed scientists and representatives of the respective companies.
If farmers go forward with only one weed control technology — regardless of which one it is — it could have a three- to five-year lifespan. Maybe shorter.
A new weed control technology could be dead before the seed industry gets completely geared up on variety choice and availability.