Wisconsin Herbicide Damage Report
September 9, 2013
WisconsinWatch.org ran an excellent story this week about herbicide drift damage to grape growers in Wisconsin. This is a topic Midwest Wine Press has been following closely. Soon we hope to have a counterpoint from some of the large agrichemical companies about how proposed herbicides address increasing fruit grower concerns.
See: Wisconsin Booming Grape Crop at Risk From Herbicide Drift
See related story: New Herbicide Resistant Crops Being Considered by USDA
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Mark Ganchiff is the publisher of Midwest Wine Press, the leading source of news on the growing wine industry in the central United States. Mark has been a wine judge at the 2012 and 2014 INDY International Wine Competition, the 2014 Cold Climate Wine Competition, the 2013 Mid-American Wine Competition, the 2012 Illinois State Fair Wine Competition and the 2013 Michigan Wine Competition. He also enjoys speaking at wine events including the Cold Climate Wine Conference, the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association Annual Meeting, the Midwest Grape and Wine Conference and the Wisconsin Fruit and Vegetable Conference. Mark's articles about regional wine have appeared in Vineyard & Winery Management, WineMaker and several regional magazines.
Mark is a Level One Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers. He lives in Louisville, but also has a residence in Chicago.
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Mark: You might consider an article pointing out the untruths in the datcp and other comments contained in that article. I might point out that the state thinks that damage has to occur before they investigte a complaint. That is not true. only significant has to occur. It is significant if a person goes to a spray site and can smell the chemical off the premisis. It is significant if a couple of day after the spray crops re damaged. The state wastes days taking samples of wild grapes along the road. This provides no informtion at all. If the state observed a sprayibng the state should ask what product are you using and did you read the label. They do not it is a violation of federal law if they did not read the label. If they say yes and it is later found that they did not follow the rest of the label they are guilty of violation the federal law and once they pay the damages they and others will not violate the law again. That is if they are smart. This has worked in many states. Maybe all people thaty use these pesticides need a license?