28 Aug '17, 4pm

Arkansas Could Become First State to Ban Dicamba

The herbicide dicamba , which has been linked to devastating crop damage around the U.S. , could be banned in Arkansas next year. The Arkansas Dicamba Task Force has recommended a cut-off date for the use of the highly drift-prone and volatile herbicide by next April 15 for the 2018 season. The state agriculture department has logged 950 misuse complaints in 26 counties as of August 23. Although dicamba has been around for decades, Monsanto , DuPont and BASF SE sells new formulations of the product that is supposedly less drift-prone and volatile than older versions when used correctly. The herbicide can be applied to crops genetically engineered by Monsanto to resist the herbicide. But off-target fruits, vegetables and other crops are often left cupped and distorted when exposed to the chemical. Weed specialists suspect that the thousands of crop damage reports arising ac...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/arkansas-dicamba-ban-2478688944....

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