Arkansas panel OKs May cut­off for ap­ply­ing her­bi­cide

El Dorado News-Times - - Obituaries -

LIT­TLE ROCK, (AP) — An Arkansas panel has given ini­tial ap­proval to al­low­ing re­stricted use of an her­bi­cide that was banned fol­low­ing com­plaints that it drifted onto crops and caused dam­age.

The Arkansas Plant Board on Thurs­day ap­proved new re­stric­tions for the use of dicamba. The new re­stric­tions pro­hibit dicamba's in-crop use from May 21 to Oct. 31. The rule in­cludes a one-mile buf­fer zone around re­search sta­tions, or­ganic crops, spe­cialty crops, non-tol­er­ant dicamba crops and other sen­si­tive crops for ap­pli­ca­tions from April 16 to May 20.

The state had pre­vi­ously banned dicamba's use from April 16 through Oct. 31.

The rule now goes to Gov. Asa Hutchin­son for re­view. If he approves it, a 30-day pub­lic com­ment pe­riod will take place be­fore the board's fi­nal vote.

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