BISMARCK – The North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) is reminding producers using herbicides for pre-harvest desiccation to check the label to ensure the product being used is labeled for desiccation of the crop it is being applied to. Pre-harvest desiccation refers to an herbicide application that dries the plant and leaves of a crop before harvest.
“While some products may be cheaper and provide the same level of desiccation, they cannot be used if the label does not allow it,” Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. “Failure to use the correct product at the correct time may result in decreased yields, poor germination for seed crops, or the risk of having commodities rejected and potential liability for contamination.”
It is a violation of state and federal law to apply a product in a manner not prescribed on the label. Applicators should also be sure to follow required harvest intervals prescribed on the label.