‘Miracle’ weed killer that was supposed to save farms is killing them instead


Controversial herbicide dicamba found to poison crops as well as pigweed chemical was intended to root out

Source:  independent/Caitlin Dewey

Clay Mayes slams on the brakes of his Chevy Silverado and jumps out with the engine running, yelling at a dogwood by the side of the dirt road as if it said something insulting.

Its leaves curl downward and in on themselves like tiny, broken umbrellas. It’s the telltale mark of inadvertent exposure to a controversial herbicide called dicamba.

“This is crazy. Crazy!” shouts Mayes, a farm manager, gesticulating toward the shriveled canopy off Highway 61. “I just think if this keeps going on…”

“Everything’ll be dead,” says Brian Smith, his passenger.

The damage here in northeast Arkansas and across the Midwest – sickly soybeans, trees, and other crops – has become emblematic of a deepening crisis in American agriculture.

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