While seed companies would lead you to believe growers will be planting dicamba-tolerant soybeans this spring to improve yields or do a better job of controlling weeds, results from a No-Till Farmer survey indicate many will only be doing so to protect their bean crop against potential herbicide drift concerns from neighboring soybean fields.
A coalition of 2,000 U.S. farmers and food companies is trying to force government regulators to analyze potential problems with 2,4-D- and dicamba-tolerant biotech crops being developed by Dow AgroSciences and Monsanto Co.
No-tillers will be able to buy corn, soybean, wheat and field-bean seeds based on seed counts starting Jan. 1 after the National Conference on Weights and Measures recently approved standardized testing methods and procedures to verify seed count labeling.
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