Plant Board Makes Recommendation on 2,4-D

FEBRUARY 1, 2007 - Posted at 11:57 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Cropdusters would be barred from spraying the herbicide 2,4-D in eight Region 8 counties from April 15 to September 15, under a proposal that the state Plant Board plans to air at a hearing this month.

The proposal would also bar most ground applications of 2,4-D during that period in Clay, Crittenden, Cross, Craighead, Greene, Poinsett, Mississippi and St. Francis counties in Region 8.

The Plant Board voted yesterday to adopt a recommendation of its pesticide committee and restrict the use of 2,4-D as well as another herbicide, glyphosate, subject to a hearing set for February 16.

The proposed restrictions on glyphosate would apply only to row-crop farmers and those who spray rights-of-way along highways.  It would ban such applications when wind speeds exceed ten miles per hour.

The chemical known as 2,4-D sold under a variety of trade names, is commonly used to control broadleaf weeds.  Glyphosate is the primary ingredient in Monsanto's popular herbicide Roundup.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)