Monsanto sues Arkansas over proposed dicamba limitsStaff Writer | October 21, 2017
Monsanto sued Arkansas agricultural officials to stop a proposed summer ban on a weed killer linked to widespread crop damage beyond the major farm state's borders.
Agriculture Arkansas State Plant Board
Growers across the farm belt said this summer that dicamba hit areas other than where it was sprayed, damaging millions of acres of crops that could not tolerate the herbicides.
Experts say dicamba is more likely to vaporize in high temperatures in a process known as volatility.
Chemical companies, though, have blamed the damage on farmers misusing dicamba.
To prevent damage, the Arkansas plant board advanced a proposal at a September meeting that put the state just one step away from banning dicamba sprayings after April 15, 2018.
However, the board did not review 14 studies on volatility Monsanto submitted at the meeting, according to the lawsuit. ■