Damage from dicamba spurs confusion, questions

To combat the weeds, Monsanto and other companies began researching soybean resistance to other herbicides that would kill the weeds but not crops.

In wake of new Monsanto seed, Illinois sees more crop damage

The 2017 growing season was supposed to be the year of “spotless” soybean fields after Monsanto introduced a new generation of soybeans – the largest single biotechnology launch in the company’s history. The new soybeans can tolerate the use of dicamba, a traditional herbicide used on corn that spreads easily and has historically harmed soybeans. But the idea was that dicamba would make quick work of the “superweeds” wreaking havoc in fields across the Midwest. Over the past years, the weeds had developed a resistance to glyphosate – the active ingredient in Roundup, the most widely used herbicide in corn and soybean production. Damage from dicamba spurs confusion, questions | Read moreMonsanto and German chemical company BASF also touted a new, less volatile version of dicamba that wouldn’t drift like traditional versions.