Ellis: March 9 meeting focuses on income and dicamba | Agriculture

In his opening remarks at the USDA’s annual Outlook Forum last week, Chief USDA Economist Robert Johansson thanked the 1,600 participants for “coming together to discuss a host of important agricultural issues that we are likely to face in 2017.”  Johansson could make the same statement if he were speaking at the 2017 Agronomy Day, scheduled for March 9 at Macon.

Attendees from the top to the bottom of Illinois will be doing that as they focus on two of the potential headline issues today in agriculture.  One is the use of dicamba, an old herbicide with new technology, designed to help farmers avert economic problems when yields are reduced from herbicide resistant weeds.  But the 2016 use of older formulas of dicamba resulted in the loss of one farmer’s life, along with millions of dollars of damaged crops in Missouri,…

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