Farmers from 10 states are eligible to join a potential class action against Monsanto from dicamba drift damage. States include Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.
“They are among the hundreds of farmers throughout the nation who have been victimized by Monsanto’s defective Xtend seed system and its purchasers’ inevitable use of dicamba, a drift-prone herbicide that has wiped out hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland in the U.S.,” the class action complaint states.
High costs, regulatory hurdles and eventual resistance make new discoveries daunting
As weed resistance spreads across more species, herbicide groups and states, the industry demands new alternatives. The only problem is, creating a new herbicide group is harder than you might think, and some companies aren’t sure it’s worth the risk.
Now is the time to get a leg-up on weeds. This means strategically planing your control measures with best management practices to outsmart resistant weeds.
Weeds steal around $4 billion from farmers each year. Management costs are one of your biggest variable expenses, so it pays to be smart. Learn to differentiate myth and fact on weeds and herbicides.
You or your neighbors could be unknowingly planting Palmer amaranth anywhere Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) mixes are grown or pollinator mixes are established. Palmer amaranth seed in CRP planting mixes have been identified in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota and Ohio. It could be in CRP mixes in other states, too, just not identified yet.
China recently approved Bayer and MS Technologies’ Balance GT Soybeans for import. With the European Union’s previous approval, the companies are closer to a full U.S. commercial launch.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently expanded Dow AgroSciences’ Enlist Duo herbicide geography from 15 to 34 states. This expansion covers most corn and soybean growing acres in the U.S. In addition, EPA registered Enlist Duo for use on varieties with the Enlist cotton trait.
Enlist Duo combines glyphosate and 2,4-D choline and features Colex-D technology. Dow says Colex-D technology provides farmers with four critical benefits.
Farmers will have an additional herbicide option in dicamba-tolerant soybeans and cotton in 2017. BASF’s Engenia herbicide recently received approval from the Environmental Protection Agency.
BASF has a long history with dicamba products, having commercialized older formulations Banvel and Clarity, and is confident in the newest formulation.
The gospel of high yields at all costs has a new apostate. In 2012, Johnny Hunter pumped massive amounts of water onto his crops, but could only watch as extended drought drained yield from his fields. Cost of production demanded 230-250 bu. corn, 70-80 bu. soybeans and 3-bale cotton. When those levels weren’t achieved, particularly with the worst corn harvest of his career, financial trouble followed. He steadied his nerve, pulled the handbrake on his operation, and began a manic search for a soil solution.
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