Illinois farmers have some new tools to protect crops from pesky, herbicide-resistant weeds this year. The federal Environmental Protection Agency has given a two-year window for some farmers to use soybean seed resistant to the herbicide known as dicamba. That means farmers can use it to kill weeds while the soybeans keep growing. The Senior Director of Commodities with Illinois Farm Bureau, Tamara Nelsen, says the new products provide benefits, but also require careful stewardship;
A murder took place in Arkansas last year over alleged illegal use of an old formulation of the herbicide that wafted into a neighbors field. Nelsen is not expecting that to happen here;
The Farm Bureau has what it calls a one-stop-online-shop with more information. You can find it at www.ilfb.org/steward.