Cornucopia’s Take: Two critics of dicamba use on the Arkansas Plant Board have been replaced by appointees who favor the use of dicamba later into the growing season. Even so, agreement has been hard to reach. While the board has decided that dicamba will be allowed for use through 2020, they appear to be working toward enforcing existing regulations that prohibit dicamba application during the growing season. Dicamba maker Bayer insists that applicator error is to blame, but the pesticide is known to volatilize (become vapor and drift) hours, or even days, after application and damage surrounding crops and wild plants. It is not allowed for use in organic agriculture.
Arkansas Plant Board votes for usage of dicamba
Arkansas Democrat Gazette
by Stephen Steed
Petition proposes end date, permits
Source: U of A System Division of Agriculture, 11/8/17
The state Plant Board gave tentative approval Monday to allowing dicamba for in-crop use next year, though the matter won’t be settled for several more weeks.
The board approved a formal “petition for rule making” filed by a group of farmers last month asking for a June 15 cutoff date on spraying a herbicide linked to damage to crops and to other vegetation not tolerant of the chemical the last three growing seasons in Arkansas and other states. The petition asked that spraying of dicamba after June 15 be allowed only by special permit.
Franklin Fogleman of Marion, a Crittenden County farmer who drew up the petition on behalf of 27 other farmers, told the board in his 20-minute presentation that “a large portion of Arkansas farmers” need dicamba to fight pigweed that has grown resistant to other herbicides.
The petition also sets buffers for susceptible crops, including a 1-mile buffer between certified-organic crops and fields where dicamba is sprayed. Read Full Article »