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Farmers Incentivized With Cash to Spray New Poison

dicamba herbicide use

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  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has added new restrictions to dicamba usage for 2018, making it more costly and cumbersome for farmers to spray
  • In light of the increased restrictions on its usage, Monsanto has decided to offer cash back to farmers who purchase its dicamba product, XtendiMax with VaporGrip
  • The chemical typically costs farmers about $11 per acre, but Monsanto will give farmers $6 cash back when they use it on their dicama-tolerant Xtend soybeans
  • In 2017, about 4 percent of the 90 million acres of soybeans planted in the U.S. had signs of damage due to dicamba

By Dr. Mercola

It was about one year ago in November 2016 that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved Monsanto's weed killer, XtendiMax with VaporGrip Technology, a dicamba variety that is supposedly less prone to vaporization and drift, designed for use with genetically engineered (GE) dicamba-resistant seeds. The chemical was supposed to solve earlier problems caused by Monsanto's dicamba-resistant crops, which were released before they received approval for the less drift-prone herbicide.


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