Their names almost make them sound like the villains in an old John Wayne movie: Amarant Palmer, Tall Waterhemp, i Ragweed gegant.

En realitat, they’re among the worst invaders in a farmer’s soybean fields—prolific weeds that rob our food crops of moisture and nutrients, deprimeix nostres rendiments, i resistir moltes formes d'herbicida.

Per lluitar contra ells, necessitem la millor tecnologia disponible — i d'octubre 31, la Agència de protecció ambiental tossed us a lifeline.

Regulators extended for two years our ability to use a form of a soybean that resists dicamba, a traditional crop-protection product that helps us defeat these terrible weeds. L'any passat, pagesos planten sobre 25 million acres of dicamba-tolerant soybeans and cotton. Aquest any, that figure topped 50 milions d'hectàrees, in a compelling testament to the power and effectiveness of these crops.

Shortly after the EPA announced its decision, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue may have put it best: "Es presenta els agricultors amb opcions."

Que és el que necessitem aquí: As many safe and proven options as possible for growing the food we need.

Aquesta tecnologia, de fet, is a friend of sustainable agriculture. It allows farmers to grow more food on less land. Manté preus consum baixes. It helps us conserve our wild spaces. Aquestes són importants beneficis econòmics i mediambientals — exactament el tipus de rendibilitat hauríem d'esperar d'una nova tecnologia.

L'estiu passat, I used dicamba on soybeans for the first time. My fields were almost weed-free. They were the cleanest I’ve seen in quite a while. At harvest, I was pleased with the final result. I became persuaded that this is an excellent option and farmers like me ought to have access to it.

La llibertat d'utilitzar dicamba, No obstant això, També comporta importants responsabilitats.

This is pretty basic, però cal dir: Farmers who use dicamba must read the label and follow the instructions.

Com s'acostava el moment per exemple de dicamba per l'EPA, a few voices had called on the EPA to block new uses of dicamba, even though this is a time-tested product that farmers have applied safely around the world since its introduction in 1967. By granting a two-year approval, the EPA wisely has recognized the value of the product for controlling weeds. It also has fine-tuned the regulations that govern its use.

En els propers dos anys, we farmers have to make sure we get it right. Anem a estudiar l'etiqueta, seguir les seves normes, i utilitzar adequadament dicamba. Comprovar les puntes de broquet sobre el seu polvoritzadors, utilitzar agents reductors deriva, clean out your tanks, create borders between fields, and apply crop-protection products only at approved times. Some of the rules for 2019 will be different from those in 2018—and we’ll need to make sure that we understand all of the changes.

També, let’s talk to our neighbors. In my area, com a mínim, we’re communicating more often, agricultor a pagès, about our planting choices. Comentarem que està utilitzant dicamba i on, informació sobre les millors pràctiques de comerç, i així successivament.

As we tally up this year’s harvests and begin to makes choices about what we’ll plant in the spring, Me n'alegro que tindrem l'opció de cultius resistents a dicamba. L'agricultura és una empresa difícil en el millor de circumstàncies i és encara més difícil en un món de clima canviar i comerç conflicte.

The EPA’s sensible decision will make farming in 2019 a little bit easier—and when we all do our part, Anem a seguir per beneficiar una eina excel·lent per a combatre les males herbes.

Una versió d'aquesta columna, la Sacerdotisa Nov 6 a El turó.