bowhunter87ParticipantAugust 30, 2017 at 8:08 pmPost count: 275TrapCycloneParticipantAugust 30, 2017 at 8:14 pmPost count: 2552m sauerParticipantAugust 30, 2017 at 8:18 pmPost count: 1285White81ParticipantAugust 30, 2017 at 8:24 pmPost count: 115bowhunter87ParticipantAugust 30, 2017 at 8:28 pmPost count: 275bowhunter87ParticipantAugust 30, 2017 at 8:30 pmPost count: 275smitmatjaParticipantAugust 30, 2017 at 8:32 pmPost count: 38
I saw a lot of white bass and even a couple of carp. No algae bloom that I could see this past weekend. Water was in fairly good shape it seemed. Was a bit baffled myself. No algae bloom, recent rains should have helped replenish oxygen levels. Maybe the rains washed in a bunch of chemicals or something that had been sitting on the surface during the drought?SouthforkParticipantAugust 31, 2017 at 2:30 amPost count: 40
I was out on the lake last Saturday and saw hundreds of dead fish on the shore as well. Mostly white bass. Wasn’t sure what to think about it. Found this article online: https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/iowa/articles/2017-08-26/white-bass-die-off-at-big-creek-lake-in-central-iowaWhite81ParticipantAugust 31, 2017 at 1:44 pmPost count: 115
Seems odd that a virus would only target 1 specific type of fish. I was reading some stuff online about a new herbicide being used, of course produced by Monsanto, that is killing everything that is not genetically modified to be immune to the week killer. Its called Dicamba. Apparently its killing trees as well as other crops that were not genetically modified and is spreading from fields it is put on to other fields by the wind. Makes you wonder what it will do to humans and what does it do to the wildlife when it runs off into our water ways.CRIA1576ParticipantAugust 31, 2017 at 2:59 pmPost count: 589
White- Dicamba has been around for decades. It is a volatile herbicide that caused significant crop damage (Dicamba burn) going back to the 90s and beyond. I worked in the chemical division at a couple different coops in the late 90s, and it was a problem back then.
The issue you are referring to has to do with a new formulation of the chemical that was pushed through trials and testing due to glyphosate (Round Up) resistant pigweed infestations in soybeans. The chemical companies believe they corrected the volatilization/drift issue, but that does not seem to be the case as extensive drift related damage is being observed in many areas.
The farmers, agronomists, and extension scientists are pointing fingers at Monsanto. Monsanto is pointing fingers back at the former; citing anecdotal evidence that some may be using up stockpiled Dicamba in the previous formulation to create an issue and force class action litigation ie- earn a paycheck. Who knows?
My question in all of this is why we have become so dependent on chemicals in the first place? In the drive to maximize yields, seed companies have increased corn and bean field populations to the point that the rows are too narrow to drive between in many cases. Farmers even accept a certain amount of damage by driving over the beans when spraying them.
In the not too distant past, farmers used to plant wide enough rows to be able to cultivate to help manage weeds. This increased fuel costs and created compaction on some soils, but weeds cant develop resistance to mechanical destruction of their root systems.
Just my $.02mbchiltonParticipantAugust 31, 2017 at 3:01 pmPost count: 512
Quote by: White81
Seems odd that a virus would only target 1 specific type of fish. I was reading some stuff online about a new herbicide being used, of course produced by Monsanto, that is killing everything that is not genetically modified to be immune to the week killer. Its called Dicamba. Apparently its killing trees as well as other crops that were not genetically modified and is spreading from fields it is put on to other fields by the wind. Makes you wonder what it will do to humans and what does it do to the wildlife when it runs off into our water ways.
Dicamba isn’t new. It’s a broad spectrum herbicide, like Roundup.Mr.SeaguarParticipantAugust 31, 2017 at 3:07 pmPost count: 1364[email protected]August 31, 2017 at 4:49 pmPost count: 20268
There are NO new herbicides on the market. The ones we have are the same as for decades. All we get is reformulations and mixers of existing formulas with possibly different surfactants or activators added.
Fish kills like this have happened for years on various lakes. Not good to see but not all that uncommon.Big ZamerParticipantAugust 31, 2017 at 6:59 pmPost count: 83
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