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Missouri limits use of BASF's weed killer linked to crop damage

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Missouri will limit the use of a weed killer made by BASF after farmers complained the chemical drifted and harmed their crops, following a move by Arkansas to prohibit sprayings next year of the herbicide and rival products.

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Missouri banned sprayings of BASF's Engenia herbicide, which is based on a chemical known as dicamba, in 10 counties that had high numbers of complaints about crop damage, starting on June 1, 2018. The ban will expand statewide on July 15 and end in October.

Missouri said it expects to impose similar bans on dicamba herbicides sold by Monsanto Co and DowDuPont.

The United States has faced a weed-killer crisis this year caused by new formulations of dicamba-based herbicides, which farmers and weed experts say harmed crops this summer because they evaporate and drift away from where they are applied.

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