When it comes to dicamba, make sure all your ducks are in a row

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Dicamba drift is a hot topic in farm circles right now. Farmers we work with are telling us loud and clear that when it comes to dicamba compliance, they want to dot all the i’s and cross all the t’s.

Kyle Mehmen, whose operation spans both Iowa and Minnesota, put it like this. “Restricted-use spray compliance is important to us, but I was concerned that my operators would have trouble with all the documentation. They have a certain routine in the field that they’re used to. Plus, I have dicamba beans in two states so proper documentation gets even trickier.”


"It’s nice to have people who really know technology and really know me and my operation. My operators have a painless experience documenting compliance. That’s a big relief."

Kyle Mehmen, General Manager at MBS Family Farms

So Kyle picked up the phone and called his Conservis team. “It’s nice to have people who really know technology and really know me and my operation,” he said. “My operators have a painless experience documenting compliance. That’s a big relief.” Read the MBS Family Farm case study.

We get it. More than ever before, farmers need complete, accurate and timely documentation, but they also need to get some work done, right?

Rest assured, our farm management software is uniquely designed to document compliance while keeping you productive in the field. We know your job is tending to crops, not paperwork.

Here’s a top-line review of what our software service offers in response to today’s tighter restrictions and regulations:

  • Accurate, time-stamped spray activity reports, including weather conditions and spray locations.
  • Two options to document wind speed and direction before and after spraying: either manual entry in tandem with your handheld anemometer or automatic entry that pulls the necessary weather data from nearby airports.
  • Easy entry of each applicator’s name, training, and certification number into the system.
  • Reports on standalone tank cleanout and associated activities.

All critical data gets rolled into one comprehensive Crop Protection Report, which does just that: protects you and your operation should you face any regulatory audits or insurance claims.

Matt Backer, a Conservis senior product manager says, “Knowing that compliance is fully documented and easy to access is peace of mind for farmers. When they sleep better, we sleep better.” Sue Bates from Bates Next Generation Farms relies on Conservis reports for traceability - including being able to prove out their spray applications (with weather conditions).

Recent updates and new regulations announced by the EPA address dicamba application in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, and South Dakota.

Growers need to know and be able to account for the following:

  • Growers cannot apply the three dicamba products (XtendiMax, Engenia, Tavium) after June 12 or the V4 soybean growth stage (whichever comes first).
  • Growers and applicators must refer to the online label seven days prior to application for any state or federal updates.
  • The Illinois Department of Agriculture has three additional regulations they share here.

A robust farm management solution can ease the stress involved with traceability and tracking, from the field to the back office. See how Gooding Farms, a hops operation that is also GLOBALG.A.P. certified, relies on Conservis.

Whether it is dicambia regulations adding to your paper trail or traceability and food safety audits causing headaches, data digitization can help. Here’s to a better night’s sleep knowing all your dicamba ducks are in a row with Conservis. Interested in learning more?

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