Young soybean plants close up

Illinois had placed a June 30 deadline on spraying dicamba on soybeans, but a soggy spring that pushed planting back several weeks prompted Director of Agriculture John Sullivan to extend the deadline to July 15.

He provided his reasoning at a meeting of the Illinois Beef Association in Effingham, which included many beans going into the ground in June.

“There’s a lot of stress out there in the farm community,” he said. “Those beans are going to need to be sprayed at the end of June and the first of July. If we keep that June 30 (deadline), then we may have sprayers going out on the 28th, 29th and 30th, when conditions aren’t right. My concern was that that may not be the best time to be spraying.”

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