South Dakota farmers report damage by dicamba

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota farmers have reported about 57,000 acres of crops damaged by an herbicide called dicamba.

The Pierre Capital-Journal reports that dicamba is an herbicide widely used to kill weeds in soybeans genetically modified to be resistant to the herbicide.

Tom Gere is the agronomy services manager for the state Department of Agriculture. Gere said Tuesday the report comes from the department's online survey distributed in August to farmers asking them to report any damage from dicamba.

He says nearly all the reports were about soybean fields. Some residents also reported damage to gardens, fruit trees and vineyards.

Gere says he didn't expect to see so many damage reports this year. He says dicamba can also drive over to nearby field or gardens vulnerable to the herbicide, increasing damage.

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