More concern about GM impact statements
Dan Anderson, a farmer and crop protection ag retailer at Haxtun, Colo., said weed resistance is by no means as wide spread in his area as the Corn Belt or South. He said these new GM products are needed now so that “we can be more proactive in our stance to keep herbicide resistant weeds from spreading.”
“One of the things that worries me is that this country was a leader in developing crop protection technology not only from a private industry standpoint but also in government regulation. GM crops always have been widely studied and run through FDA, EPA and the USDA for required blessing,” Anderson said.
“Today, we operate in a very competitive environment. There are other countries that are stepping out ahead of us in deregulating products and giving their growers advantages over our agriculture industry.
“It is frustrating that the new Dow AgroSciences’ 2,4-D Enlist program and the Monsanto dicamba resistant crops won’t be available without a delay. They would give use more tools in the tool box to go after resistant weed problems,” Anderson said.
Kip Tom, a large-scale grower based in Indiana with international ag production, issued a statement on his Facebook page.
“Our disappointment is that we as crop producers have to bear the consequences of weed resistance that is rapidly expanding across much of the main crop producing regions of the U.S., resulting in loss of yields and the increase in acres subject to resistant weeds,” Tom said.
“The disappointment is that there are solutions that will help stop the issue in its tracks that have been developed from Industry leaders such as Dow and Monsanto. This solution uses crop protection products (2,4-D and dicamba) that have been used by farmers since the 1960’s with minimal weed resistance occurring. These crop protection products coupled with seed traits have been proven to be safe [and should] be available tools to stop the yield-robbing impact of weed resistance. Further delay by the USDA and EPA will only harm our ability to do our part helping to feed a growing world safely and affordably,” Tom concluded.