The fields and back roads of eastern Arkansas were a crime scene this past summer. State inspectors stopped alongside fields to pick up dying weeds. They tested the liquids in farmers’ pesticide sprayers. In many cases, they found evidence that farmers were using a banned pesticide ….
The roots of the confrontation go back [to 2016]. That’s when …. Monsanto …. [released] some special new varieties of soybeans and cotton that can tolerate a weedkiller called dicamba …. When farmers started spraying dicamba on these new crops, the chemical …. drifted across the landscape and injured millions of acres of regular crops.
So the [Arkansas] plant board …. banned spraying dicamba after April 15 each year — which covers the entire growing season. By mid-June of this year, though, it was clear that some farmers were defying the ban …. Thousands of acres of soybeans that couldn’t tolerate the weedkiller, as well as trees in people’s yards, once again were showing …. curled leaves and stunted growth.
I talked to two farmers who are named in the plant board’s investigative documents …. They told me that …. Monsanto’s dicamba-tolerant seeds will produce a bigger harvest. One farmer told me that spraying dicamba is the only way to stay in business and that paying the fine is cheaper than fighting weeds any other way.
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