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Dicamba Approved, Scars Remain

Regulators flooded with damage claims, while one Arkansas family buries a loved one

Recent over-the-top approval for dicamba herbicides might provide more options for farmers, but it doesn’t ease the sting of drift damage for many—those who suffered crop damage or the family of one farmer who lost his life over the issue.

Early Adopters Put Dicamba-Tolerant Soybeans to the Test

Don’t try to tell Mikey Taylor forbidden fruit tastes best. Farm sins are one ill wind away from exposure, at least when transgressions involve dicamba. In the spring of 2016, Taylor ripped open a chain of sacks filled with dicamba-tolerant soybeans and punched the load into his southeast Arkansas ground. When Taylor broke the century mark, yielding over 100 bu. per acre, he did so in straight-laced fashion, in direct contrast to the dicamba debacle of 2016.

In the Battle of Resistant Weeds, What's the Best Plan of Attack?

Glyphosate resistance pressures failing PPO herbicides

As glyphosate resistance stretches across the U.S. the need for alternative chemistries is at an all-time high. Your corn fields are likely better off than your soybeans fields because most troublesome resistant weeds are post emergent broadleaves that can often be controlled by herbicides used in corn production systems.

3 Questions About Fall Herbicide Applications

Do you have questions about making the best decisions for fall herbicide applications? Amit Jhala might be able to help.

Jhala, Extension weed management specialist with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, recently fielded three common questions around the topic in a recent edition of the school’s CropWatch newsletter.

1. Which formulation of 2,4-D should be used for fall herbicide applications?

Farmer Killed in Dicamba Dispute Laid to Rest

The night of Mike Wallace’s visitation, the line of mourners not only spilled out the door of the 1st Baptist Church in Monette, Arkansas. A line of visitors snaked across the packed parking lot and into the pastor’s yard, waiting to offer condolences and say goodbye to a man known as compassionate, caring and a good steward of the land.

Scorched Earth Attack on Resistant Weeds

Harry Stephens is scorching earth to save money and boost yield on his farmland. The Phillips County, Ark., producer spent several hundred dollars to treat 3,000 acres of soybeans with innovative weed prevention using just a few bars of iron, plywood and propane bottles. Narrow windrow burning, a weed control method pioneered in Australia, has arrived on U.S. ground and may offer producers a reduction in soil seed bank population and a drop in herbicide expense.

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