In a new twist in the state’s ongoing dicamba saga, Arkansas judge Tim Fox ruled Friday that six Arkansas farmers will be allowed to spray dicamba-based herbicides on their crops this summer, even though a statewide ban on the use of the product during the growing season will continue for all other farmers in the state – at least for now. The six farmers sued the Arkansas Plant Board in November for its decision to ban dicamba use from April 16 through Oct. 31. Fox dismissed the lawsuit itself, but said the ruling also effectively curtailed the farmers' rights to due process and their right to appeal the Plant Board's ban.
The decision comes after Monsanto filed suit against the Arkansas State Plant Board, challenging the state’s ban on dicamba for several months in 2018. However, as Agri-Pulse reported in mid-February, an Arkansas state court judge threw out that lawsuit.