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Atrazine Usage Faces Challenge

[ 0 ] June 21, 2006 |

From No-Till Farmer:

DESPITE THE FACT that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials estimate that growing corn without atrazine could cost no-tillers as much as $28 an acre due to reduced yields and the need for more expensive herbicides, you might be in danger of losing this long-term weed control chemical product. It’s because of a series of class-action lawsuits filed in mid-2004 against seven manufacturers, formulators and distributors of atrazine products. The firms include Syngenta, DowChemical, Drexel, Makhteshim-Agan, United Agri Products, Sip cam and Growmark.

Chemical company staffers estimate that 62 million acres out of the 81.5 million acres of U.S. corn production are treated with one or more of 140 herbicides that contain atrazine.

During the Syngenta Crop Protection sponsored breakfast at the 2006 National No-Tillage Conference in St. Louis, attorney
Kurt Reeg of Reeg & Nowogrocki alerted attendees to the concern over the future use of atrazine.

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