- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Plant Board has approved two new weed control systems for farmers but urged caution to ensure chemicals don’t drift onto nearby fields.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported (https://bit.ly/1w5KlLN ) that the board on Thursday authorized systems based on 2,4-D and dicamba. It said farmers and their crop consultants have to be trained to prevent the herbicides from spreading accidentally.

Board chairman George Tidwell said farmers are dealing with more herbicide-resistent weeds and need additional ways to fight them.

The panel approved Dow AgroSciences’ “Enlist Duo” and Monsanto Company’s “Xtend Roundup Ready Crop System” after studying them about two years.

The products must still be approved by federal regulators for use in Arkansas.

One farmer praised the board for imposing limits on droplet sizes and barring applications on windy days.

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