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#DICAMBA DEBACLE CONTINUES

Missouri Thursday announced it would ban the use of BASF’s Engenia herbicide in 10 counties starting June 1, 2018. The ban will expand statewide on July 15 and end in October. Missouri said it expects to impose similar bans on dicamba herbicides sold by Monsanto and DuPont in coming weeks. In neighboring Arkansas, Monsanto last… read more

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#DICAMBA TRAINING TO BE REQUIRED BEFORE 2018 USE

#Illinois dicamba training roll out this winter, with sessions beginning Nov. 27 and continuing until April 1, just prior to spring planting. Illinois is following the U.S. EPA parameters, with dicamba considered a restricted-use pesticide in 2018. Applicators must prove they have completed dicamba-specific training to apply the product. (FarmWeekNow.com)

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Dicamba: Where We’re At & Where We Go From Here

Dicamba. It’s been on the lips of farmers, scientists and consumers alike this year – and for good reason. Complaints of damage due to drift have piled up across the Midwest; the Illinois Department of Agriculture alone received hundreds of reports. But the dicamba issues that hit the farm belt this summer weren’t at all… read more

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IMPORTANCE OF CHEMICAL HYGIENE TRENDING UP

Western Illinois University Associate Professor Mark Bernards says tank-mixing practices will be a key focus between now and next spring. “One of the big things talked about this winter is chemical hygiene. … A little bit of dicamba at any one of those points, if put into the wrong tank, can have a pretty negative… read more

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SCIENTISTS QUESTION DICAMBA RESTRICTIONS

U.S. weed specialists doubt that the EPA’s new restrictions on dicamba will prevent crop damage next year,  according to Reuters. “Nothing in these new restrictions addresses volatility, and that’s still an issue,” said Aaron Hager, University of Illinois. The EPA Friday announced new restrictions to the herbicide after growers across the U.S. filed complaints of… read more

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LAWMAKERS SEEK MISSING INFO IN ROUNDUP PROBE

U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy in a letter Tuesday asked the U.S. National Institutes of Health to explain why its National Cancer Institute failed to publish data that showed no links between glyphosate and cancer. Gowdy, who chairs the House Committee on Government and Oversight Reform, said that he “is concerned about the new revelations” and… read more

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REPORTS OF #DICAMBA DRIFT CONTINUE TO CLIMB

While the Arkansas Plant Board waits for a committee in the state legislature to approve its ban of dicamba-based pesticides, complaints of dicamba drift in the state continue to climb, soaring to 550. Damage also is being reported in Tennessee, Missouri and Mississippi. The total area of soybean fields damaged could reach as much as… read more

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BAYER, SYNGENTA FACE PRESSURE OVER NEONICS

Bayer and Syngenta are facing renewed pressure over their neonicotinoid-treated seeds after research funded by the companies found that the chemicals are responsible for harming some bee colonies. The study, published in the journal Science, found that bee colonies in Hungary and the U.K. had low survival rates when stationed next to fields grown with… read more

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DICAMBA MISUSE COMPLAINTS IN ARKANSAS

The Arkansas Agriculture Department is investigating 50 dicamba misuse complaints in the state, sending inspectors to areas where complaints have been made to report back to the governor with findings and suggestions. IFB’s Senior Director of Commodities Tamara Nelsen says there are no dicamba misuse complaints in Illinois to date, and says farmers may visit… read more

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CHEMCHINA FILES FOR U.S. ANTITRUST APPROVAL

ChemChina last week filed for antitrust approval with the FTC for its $43 billion deal to buy Syngenta. ChemChina expects the U.S. antitrust process to “be on track,” and has already been cleared by a U.S. national security panel. The deal won antitrust consent in Australia, but the EU antitrust review was extended until April… read more

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