In the war against herbicide-resistant weeds, agricultural scientists
are looking for new weapons. The worry, though, is what happens when
the arms race crosses the border onto a neighbors sovereign land.
“Good fences make good neighbors,” the old saying goes. But what
happens if a fenceline can’t stop one neighbor’s actions from harming
Some agriculture groups are saying new crops
resistant to herbicides 2,4-D and dicamba could lead to just those sorts
In January, the U.S. Department of Agriculture
released a draft of an environmental impact statement (EIS) that gives
the go-ahead to Dow Agri Science to product corn that is resistant to
Advocates of the new technology say the new crops provide a
vital weapon in the war against weed resistance to glyphosate, sold
under the brand name RoundUp, which is becoming a stubborn and costly
problem for farmers across the country.
weeds aren’t the only thing that 2,4-D kills, and gardeners, vineyard
owners and even farmers of commodities who don’t switch to the new
technology could potentially be affected.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This article comes from Dakotafire,
a journalism project serving the James River watershed area of South
Dakota and North Dakota. The project helps local media cover regional
issues. Additional reporting comes from Doug Card with the Britton
(South Dakota) Journal and Bill Krikac with the Clark County (South
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