Common pigweed is a species of Amaranth, also known as Amaranthus palmeri. In the south, farmers sprayed heavily with Roundup (made by Monsanto) to control this variety of pigweed. As a result of this practice, pigweed became immune to Roundup. That’s when growers switched to Dicambra, another Monsanto product.
The primary chemical in Roundup is glyphosate, which is known to cause cancer. The widespread use of glyphosate has caused many common weeds to become resistant or immune to the chemical. These weeds do not die when sprayed with Roundup. That makes the expensive Roundup-Ready crops a waste of money.
As more farmers use Dicambra on common pigweed, they are often at odds with their neighbors. Dicambra comes in two main formulations from Monsanto. The old formula is inexpensive and tends to drift away from the field when sprayed by airplanes. The drifting cloud can and does easily kill nearby crops. Often these crops belong to neighboring farms.
The new formula is much more expensive, drifts less and is made to be used with Dicambra-Ready crops only. The price difference drives many farmers to buy the old formula instead. That is the source of conflict between neighbors that resulted in the Arkansas murder.
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