Jeremy Wolf didn’t plan on becoming a dicamba expert. In fact, he didn’t plant a single acre of Roundup Ready Xtend beans. Yet, after several of his soybean fields near Homer succumbed to off-target dicamba damage, he began learning more about the chemistry every day.
One of his biggest classrooms? Social media. Wolf took to social media to share his journey and to ask the ag industry for help determining what’s happening in his fields.
“Let’s investigate the unsuccessful applications, go around and follow up on complaints,” he says. “Let’s figure it out so we can make it right.”
Wolf spent the better part of three weeks in late June and early July investigating how his Liberty Link soybean fields were hit by off-target dicamba movement.
“It’s not fair to guys that are trying to use other technologies and get dinged for it,” he notes. “The time I’ve spent trying to track things down is unreal.” Wolf’s sleuthing efforts take up so much time that he hasn’t even had a chance to check all of his soybean fields. “I don’t have a solid (acre) count yet,” he notes.
After first discovering the dicamba-damaged soybeans, Wolf pulled out his plat book, contacted the land owners of surrounding fields and engaged in several uncomfortable conversations.
Wolf took to Twitter and recapped one conversation in a Periscope video, sharing how his neighbor applied Engenia according to label requirements, including the right nozzles, buffers, wind speeds and anti-drifting agents.