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1 March 2018 Response of Soybean Offspring to a Dicamba Drift Event the Previous Year
Gordon T. Jones, Jason K. Norsworthy, Tom Barber
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In the occurrence of dicamba drift, it is not well understood what measurements from soybean plants would correlate with damage to soybean offspring; therefore, possible relationships are of great interest. Sixteen drift trials were established in 2014 and 2015 at the Northeast Research and Extension Center in Keiser, AR. A single 8-m-wide by 30- or 60-mlong pass with a high-clearance sprayer was made in each soybean field, resulting in a dicamba drift event. Seeds were collected from plants in each drift trial and planted in the field in 2015 and 2016. Data were subjected to correlation analysis to determine pairwise associations among parent and offspring observations. Auxin-like symptomology in offspring consistent with dicamba, primarily as leaf cupping, appeared in plots at the unifoliate and first trifoliate stages. Auxin-like symptoms were more prevalent in offspring collected from plants from later reproductive stages as opposed to early reproductive stages. The highest correlation coefficients occurred when parent plants were treated at the R5 growth stage. Parent mature pod malformation was correlated with offspring emergence (r= - 0.37, P = 0.0082), vigor (r= - 0.57, P ≤⃒ 0.0001), injury (r =0.93, P ≤⃒ 0.0001), and percent of plants injured (r=0.92, P ≤⃒ 0.0001). This research documents that soybean damaged from dicamba drift during the R1 to R6 growth stages can negatively affect offspring and that occurrence of pod malformation after dicamba drift at the R5 growth stage may be indicative of injury to the offspring.

Nomenclature: Dicamba; glyphosate; soybean, Glycine max (L.) Merr.

© Weed Science Society of America, 2019. This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (, which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Gordon T. Jones, Jason K. Norsworthy, and Tom Barber "Response of Soybean Offspring to a Dicamba Drift Event the Previous Year," Weed Technology 33(1), 41-50, (1 March 2018).
Received: 8 September 2018; Accepted: 30 December 2018; Published: 1 March 2018

dicamba symptomology
Dicamba-resistant cotton
dicamba-resistant soybean
leaf malformation
Off-target movement
pod malformation
soybean offspring
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