Johnathan Hettinger, “Complaints surge about weed killer dicamba’s damage to oak trees,” October 9, 2017, Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting.
Dicamba drift is being blamed for damage to oak trees in Iowa, Illinois, and Tennessee. More than 1,000 complaints were filed in Iowa, and in Tennessee the oak trees at the state’s largest natural lake were damaged. Monsanto declined to comment, and a BASK spokesperson encourages growers who see damage to contact them but states that they “don’t believe volatility is a driving factor based on past research and experience.” The article reports that internal Monsanto emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, show the company is trying to shift the blame for oak tree damage to other pesticides. FULL TEXT