Monsanto introduces new product to counter dicamba, prevent crop damage

Monsanto will begin selling a product that deactivates the controversial weed killer dicamba in spraying equipment after it is used, the company announced Tuesday, in its latest effort to reduce unintended crop damage caused by the herbicide.

The new product is designed to prevent farmers from causing damage to crops that can’t tolerate dicamba by accidentally spraying those crops with residue of the herbicide that remains in their spraying equipment.

Over the last two years, farmers across the U.S. have said dicamba has vaporized and drifted, causing damage to crops that aren’t engineered to handle it. The herbicide, which is also produced by BASF and DowDuPont, has been blamed for damaging millions of acres and has spurred numerous lawsuits.

Creve Coeur-based Monsanto has blamed dicamba-related damage on user error, including farmers not properly cleaning their spraying equipment. The company contends its dicamba-based product is safe when used properly.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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