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Chicory industry gets a new herbicide

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Chicory crops in the Panhandle may be getting bigger with the approval of a new herbicide.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approves the use of a new herbicide called BASIS.

DuPont developed the new tolerant seed to ward off weeds in the chicory crops.

To use the herbicide the E.P.A requires 500 acres to fill contracts for Nestlé's dog food and Chicory U.S.A's coffee and tea.

The Panhandle Research Center and european seed companies say this has been in the works for quite some time.

U.S.A Chicory's owner Dave Hergert says he's excited to see an increase in chicory acreage.

"The growers are enthused about having another herbicide to control the weeds, it's not quite as good as roundup like the farmers are used to, but it's pretty effective."

Hergert says the factory has a 5,000 acre capacity and he'd like to get at least 1,000 acres for the 2013 harvest.

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