As crop damage due to the herbicide dicamba spreads from South Dakota into Texas and from Pennsylvania to Colorado, a task force appointed by the Arkansas Agriculture Department has recommended that state lawmakers institute a complete ban on all use of the product. If such legislation is adopted, it would make it illegal for farmers in the Razorback State to spray dicamba on their soybean fields after next April.
The state placed a temporary ban on the sale and use of dicamba in July after farmers complained of crop damage caused by dicamba “drift,” as the chemical weed killer started finding its way into fields beyond those on which they were sprayed.
One of the problems stemmed from Monsanto’s sale of Xtend soybeans in 2016 – a year before growers were able to use XtendiMax on the growing plants themselves. Weed specialists say this led to illegal spraying of dicamba, which in turn caused widespread crop damage.