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State agriculture officials reminding farmers about illegal use, sales of certain corn herbicides


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin agriculture officials are reminding farmers that it’s illegal to sell or use corn herbicides with the chemical isoxaflutole.

Lori Bowman of the Ag Department says there’s been some recent misinformation which led stores and farmers to believe that products like “Corvus” and “Balance” are registered for use in the state. She says they’re not.

The pesticides were originally registered by the EPA about a decade ago for use in a number of states. But Wisconsin was not one of them.

State officials were concerned that the chemical might damage surface and ground water, and hurt other vegetable crops.

Bayer Crop-Science had applied to register its isoxaflutole products in Wisconsin – but the firm recently withdrew the request.