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Robotic Weed Killer Nears Farmland

Artificial intelligence recognizes crop, targets weeds

What if an army of herbicide snipers in a sprayer shot weeds but never hit crops? The same technology enabling facial recognition on Facebook is ready for plant recognition to spray weeds on a dime, all in one pass. Simply, the tractor never stops rolling.

Dicamba: A Guide to Your Label

About two years. That’s all the time you have to prove to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) you and your neighbors will follow new dicamba formulation label requirements, or the agency could let its approval expire at the end of 2018. “With the possibility of spraying in June and July on lots of additional acres, remember broadleaf plants are very, very sensitive to dicamba,” says Mandy Bish, senior research specialist at the University of Missouri’s weed science program. “It only takes a small amount to injure nontarget plants.

Reducing Drift with Tips and Hoods

Research confirms paths of drift mitigation

Bigger isn’t better, but in this case it’s a whole lot safer. As the spray application industry trends to coarser droplets that offer less coverage but mitigate drift, new field data offers valuable insights into the efficacy of spray tips and hoods. The trial results are particularly timely with three new dicamba herbicides available this year: Engenia, FeXapan and XtendiMax.

Atrazine Under the Magnifying Glass

By Linda Geist, University of Missouri Extension

Atrazine, one of farmers' least expensive and most effective chemicals for weed control, is under the magnifying glass.

Atrazine is up for re-registration review by the Environmental Protection Agency, says Bob Broz, water quality specialist for University of Missouri Extension. Broz recently spoke to certified crop advisers at a meeting in St. Joseph.

States Have the Final Say on Dicamba Use

To date, several dozen states have the green light from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use of the new dicamba formulations, BASF Engenia and Monsanto XtendiMax with VaporGrip Technology. Monsanto has also licensed its product to DuPont, which is  marketing it as FeXapan with VaporGrip.

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