- Associated Press - Friday, May 16, 2014

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregon grape growers say herbicide drift is damaging vineyards

The Capital Press reports ( http://bit.ly/1jjwH7j ) grape growers are calling for the state to ban 2,4-D use during the April to October growing season.

Joel Meyers, one of Oregon’s most experienced vineyard managers, estimates herbicide drift caused $50,000 in damages to his vineyards over the last three years. Meyers is calling for other farmers to stop using 2,4-D to kill broad-leaf weeds. He says there are alternatives and timing could be better.

He says herbicide drift damages grapes, blueberries, nursery stock and organic crops - all valuable and expanding sectors of farming.

The state’s agricultural department is studying the issue. Meanwhile, the Oregon Winegrowers Association is selling 18- by 12-inch warning signs that can be posted along roads or property lines.

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Information from: Capital Press, http://www.capitalpress.com/