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Farmers deal with tighter chemical restrictions

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A chemical sprayer in a bean field in Marion County, Missouri A chemical sprayer in a bean field in Marion County, Missouri
MARION COUNTY, Mo. (WGEM) -

The herbicide dicamba is having an impact on local Missouri farmers. 

Farmer Ralph Griesbaum said the Department of Agriculture initially put a stop to sales on the products containing dicamba.

Now they can use them but only under certain conditions.

Griesbaum said the biggest concern is that the chemical harms crops in nearby fields.

With more than 300 cases, more research needs to be done.

"A lot of this problem goes back to the chemical and mother nature and until that is totally fixed, we've got a product that's very good and we can use, but we've also have a product that is very volatile and we can't count on a hundred percent of the time," Griesbaum said.

Griesbaum said recent heat has caused a bigger impact this year because spraying was delayed due to the wet spring.

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