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Us & Them Update: Farm Wars

Daniel Breen
Members of the Arkansas State Plant Board examining fields of damaged soybean plants at the University of Arkansas Northeast Research & Extension Center in Keiser, AR.

Last spring, we put out an episode called “Farm Wars.” It was about Arkansas farmers' never-ending battles with “pigweed” or as some call it “Satan’s Weed.” It’s incredibly hard to get rid of. There’s a controversy in that state over a herbicide called “dicamba” that’s used to keep the weeds at bay, but has divided the farming community. 

For more than a year and a half, Us & Them host Trey Kay and his colleague Loretta Williams have tracked the Arkansas dicamba saga. In their last report, they told us that farmers and the state government had set some rules they hoped everyone could live by. Now, Trey checks in with Loretta and Arkansas Public Media’s Dan Breen to see how this year's growing season is going.

Spoiler Alert: There are a lot of “cupped” leaves on trees surrounding Arkansas soybean fields.

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