Dicamba Deadline Passes

The controversial herbicide dicamba cannot be used for the rest of the growing season in Arkansas. The Arkansas Plant Board designated May 25th as the last day that growers could apply the herbicide to crops in the state, per a ruling earlier this year.

If a grower decides to use dicamba after that date, a fine of up to $25,000 per violation might be levied.

The herbicide is primarily used to control Palmer amaranth, commonly known as pigweed, in soybeans and cotton that have been genetically modified to tolerate the chemicals. Although various formulations of dicamba have been in use for many years, its use attracted national attention when the APB received more than 1,000 complaints of herbicide damage in soybeans and other crops in 2017, many of which were believed to be caused by neighboring growers’ application of off-label dicamba formulations to their own dicamba-tolerant crops or from drift from dicamba use fields to others.      MORE

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