Arkansas Plant Board votes to curb weedkiller
The state Plant Board on Friday voted to restrict the use of certain herbicides in the state after some farmers this summer illegally sprayed the weedkiller dicamba and damaged their neighbors' crops.
The issue now goes up for a 30-day public comment period and then to a public hearing, which the board set for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 21. The governor and the state Legislature will have final say on whether the restrictions are put in place.
Except for one member who abstained because of a conflict of interest, the vote on each of the recommendations, listed below, was unanimous.
This summer, farmers were met with an onslaught of pigweed, which has increasingly grown resistant to herbicides such as Roundup. Dicamba, another readily available herbicide, is still somewhat effective against pigweed, but it is illegal to spray across cotton and soybean plants once they have emerged because the plants will suffer damage as well.
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