Soybean and cotton farmers using dicamba are reeling after a federal judge revoked the national permit for the popular herbicide.

It works for them because crops are genetically modified to resist the herbicide dicamba, and weeds in those fields are sprayed without harming the soybeans or cotton plants.

Deliveries of the weedkiller and the crop seeds engineered to withstand it were already being delivered to farms for the 2024 crop season when a federal judge barred its use in the United States last week.

Three manufacturers are also impacted by the court decision — Bayer, BASF, and Syngenta. The drift-prone

Continue Reading Farmers react to ‘untimely’ order removing the herbicide dicamba from the market

A federal court has revoked approval of the weed-killing pesticide dicamba. The ruling means farmers may not have access to the popular pesticide during the upcoming growing season.

The drift-prone pesticide has damaged millions of acres of crops and wild plants every year since the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) first approved it in 2017 for spraying on cotton and soybean crops genetically engineered by Monsanto (now Bayer) to survive what would otherwise be a deadly dose. 

The U.S. District Court of Arizona ruling in Tucson overturns the EPA’s 2020 reapproval of the pesticide, which included additional application restrictions that have

Continue Reading Federal court puts an end to agriculture use of the pesticide dicamba

Just as it was looking like American agriculture was going to survive the pandemic and planting was turning out successful, rural areas learned they were losing the weedkiller dicamba to protect the soybeans they’ve put the ground.

Xtendimax, FeXapan, and Engenia the three dicamba herbicide brands or “labels” sold by Bayer, Corteva, and BASF, are no longer legal for use by farmers, according to the June 3 federal court ruling.

Dicamba is a broad-spectrum herbicide first registered in 1967.  It is widely used in grain crops and grasslands and was long considered safe if used properly under label instruction.  

Continue Reading Herbicides purchased for this planting season and ready for the field are now illegal

Its critics say the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has “doubled down” on the active ingredient in Roundup, the popular weed killer.

But that’s probably an overstatement.

On April 30 the EPA changed Roundup’s label requirements with suggested application measures to reduce glyphosate drift and disclosure about herbicide resistance. New instructions will advise against spraying Roundup when winds exceed 15 mph or during temperature inversions.

The critics don’t like EPA once again affirming that glyphosate is a safe herbicide when properly applied to fields and lawns.

Roundup, with glyphosate as its active ingredient, was the subject of a court case involving
Continue Reading Glyphosate use may be OK on farms, gardens, but Bayer may pay for it