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Scant oversight, corporate secrecy preceded U.S. weed killer crisis

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By Emily FlitterNEW YORK (Reuters) - As the U.S. growing season entered its peak this summer, farmers began posting startling pictures on social media: fields of beans, peach orchards and vegetable gardens withering away.The photographs served as early warnings of a crisis that has damaged millions of acres of farmland. New versions of the herbicide dicamba developed by Monsanto and BASF, according to farmers, have drifted across fields to crops unable to withstand it, a charge authorities are investigating.As the crisis intensifies, new details provided to Reuters by independent researchers ...

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First Published: Wed, August 09 2017. 23:01 IST