A group of Arkansas farmers has filed a class-action lawsuit against Monsanto and the German Company BASF for crop damage due to dicamba herbicide. According to a news release announcing the class action case, the attorneys have decades of experience fighting and protecting agricultural interests in Arkansas and across the nation.
“We filed the lawsuit as a class action for farmers whose property was harmed by dicamba-based herbicides supplied by Monsanto and BASF. The Defendants implemented and controlled the dicamba crop system, releasing seed technology without a corresponding, safe, and approved herbicide.
“Crops, fruits and trees that are not dicamba resistant were injured causing extensive damage to farmers’ crops in Arkansas and other states throughout the 2016 growing season, including Alabama, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Farmers’ livelihoods are at stake, and we want to protect their interests,” said Attorney Phillip Duncan.
“The dicamba crisis was created and forced upon the farming industry. Crops are at risk. Relationships are at risk. There have already been tragedies due to this crisis,” added Attorney Paul Byrd.
The farmers allege that Monsanto and BASF sold the dicamba crop system while knowing it could wipe out crops, fruits, and trees that are not dicamba tolerant.
Dicamba is considered more toxic than glyphosate, but less toxic than 2,4-D, the third most common broadleaf herbicide. One of the major disadvantages of dicamba compared to glyphosate is that it is much more “volatile,” meaning it easily becomes airborne and drifts away from where it is applied.
Monsanto has invested $1 billion in producing its new dicamba formula, and expects 15 million acres to be planted with dicamba-resistant seeds in 2017 and 55 million acres by 2019. A recent University of Arkansas study found that pigweed sprayed with low doses of dicamba became resistant to the full legal dose after just three generations.