Volume 94 Issue 32 | p. 15 | Concentrates
Issue Date: August 8, 2016

Illegal dicamba use damaging soybeans in U.S.

Department: Government & Policy
Keywords: pesticides, genetically modified soybeans, Monsanto, dicamba, glyphosate

More than 100 farmers in Arkansas, Missouri, and Tennessee have filed complaints against their neighbors for illegally spraying the herbicide dicamba (3,6-dichloro-2-meth­oxybenzoic acid) on soybeans genetically modified to tolerate the chemical. The unhappy farmers claim that the herbicide drifted onto their property, damaging soybeans that were not engineered to tolerate it. Small amounts of dicamba cause soybean leaves to curl into cuplike shapes. Earlier this year, Monsanto began selling soybeans under the name Xtend that . . .

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