August 25, 2017 / 10:02 PM / a year ago

Arkansas may bar dicamba herbicide use after April 15 next year

CHICAGO, Aug 25 (Reuters) - An Arkansas task force has recommended the state bar sprayings after April 15 next year of agricultural herbicides with the chemical dicamba, which has been linked to crop damage across 20 states, a group spokeswoman said on Friday.

If adopted by the state, the recommendation would prevent most Arkansas farmers from spraying dicamba weed killers on growing soybeans, a key selling point for products manufactured by Monsanto Co, BASF and DuPont.

Last month, Arkansas banned the use and sale of dicamba after farmers complained the herbicide was drifting away from where it was sprayed into neighboring fields and damaging crops. (Reporting by Tom Polansek; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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