Benefits for the crop

As a broad-spectrum herbicide highly effective against a variety of weeds, Glufosinate-ammonium has enabled the healthy production of more than 100 crops, including fruits and nuts, canola, soybean and cotton. This has fostered the availability of more high quality and affordable food as well as various products. Farmers also rely on GA when treating young trees as it is a contact herbicide and so can control weeds surrounding trees without harming the tree itself.

Additionally, crops such as canola, corn, cotton and soybeans with the LibertyLink trait are tolerant to Glufosinate-ammonium. Growers are therefore able to apply this herbicide in-crop for non-selective post-emergence weed control, right up to ten weeks prior to harvest, before these weeds jeopardize yield potential.

Did you know?

  • There are 8,000 species of weeds worldwide that not only compete with the crop for water, light, nutrients and space, but also reduce crop quality by contaminating the harvest.1
  • Global damage caused by weeds is responsible for a loss of 13.2% of agriculture production.2 It is estimated that weeds destroy the food of about 1 billion people.3
1 | Oerke, E.C., H.W. Dehne, F. Schnbeck, and A. Weber, Crop Production and Crop Protection: Estimated Losses in Major Food and Cash Crops, Amsterdam: Elsevier, 1994.
2 | PennState Extension. Introduction to Weeds: What are weeds and why do we care? http://extension.psu.edu/pests/ipm/schools/educators/curriculum/weeds/introweeds
3 | Berca, M. Perspectives Regarding Weeds Control, University Foundation CERA for Agriculture and Rural Development, 2004.
Soil health science challenges ancient agriculture concepts

Jon Stika and researchers at the North Dakota State University's Dickinson Research Extension Center have been trying to clear misconceptions about the soil for many years now as they make new discoveries and introduce new paradigms to the world of soil health. Soil is an "agri-biome" which refers to an interdependent environment of organisms serving a greater whole. An example Stika gave is the "human biome" which is the description given to all of the microbial organisms that live within and upon human beings. Stika anecdotally revealed that he's been practicing no-till in his personal garden for 15 years now. Recently he sought to plant some sweet corn, and after he sent his soil off to get tested, the results came back and told him he didn't need to add any additional fertilizer.

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Is Glufosinate-ammonium present in our food?

Any traces of Glufosinate-ammonium that may remain on crops and that are ingested directly by humans or indirectly as a result of consuming meat and milk from animals that have fed on such crops are limited at stricter levels than defined toxicological safety thresholds.

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