Nebraska to Follow Federal EPA on Dicamba, Won’t Go as Far as Other States

Nebraska won’t go as far as other states and ban or limit use of a controversial weedkiller this year.

“But farmers here will have to follow new federal restrictions and have special training, or hire someone who has had it, if they want to use the herbicide dicamba to control weeds in soybean fields.

“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is closely watching how American farmers use dicamba during the 2018 growing season. If problems persist, the agency could ban certain forms of its use in the future — something farmers hope to avoid in their ongoing battle with weeds.”

Ms. Soderlin noted that, “In addition to the training, the EPA is also requiring farmers to keep records on dicamba application and to apply the chemical at only certain times of day and on days that are not windy.

“If problems continue, the EPA may not allow dicamba on growing crops after this year.

“That would be a blow to the seed companies and to farmers, who say they need dicamba because some weeds have evolved to tolerate another popular herbicide, glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup brand weedkiller.”

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