Benefits in the field

Glufosinate-ammonium’s distinguishing chemistry enables a substantial increase in yields and offers significant agricultural advantages. Compared to alternative herbicides, Glufosinate-ammonium controls weeds without affecting the root system of the protected crops. Its broad spectrum weed control properties reduce the need for tillage and for multiple applications of selective herbicides. This minimizes erosion of the top layer of soil and helps reduce costs associated with mechanical labor and fuel use. Glufosinate-ammonium helps preserve water and biodiversity on the farm.

Minimizing potential risks, and maximizing the productivity

We need to safeguard the diversity of species, ecosystems, and genetic diversity.

Glufosinate-ammonium does not lead to the loss of biodiversity if farmers use a balanced approach to pest management, which relies on a combination of various cultivation practices or the rotation of crops and the use of crop protection products. Reading the product label instructions and applying best agricultural practices help farmers preserve useful insects, pollinators and birds on their land. The use of specific application technologies – such as drift-reducing nozzles and spray shields – help further ensure responsible application of the product in the field.

Glufosinate-ammonium effectively controls weeds around the crops and helps farmers produce better and more abundant harvests. If farmers manage to improve yields per acre, maximizing productivity, there will be no need to convert precious land rich in biodiversity to agricultural fields.

Did you know?

  • Without herbicides net farm margins would fall by up to 40% due to the increased number of treatments, working time, labor costs and equipment, according to a recent French study.1
  • 80% of German growers expect strong or very strong negative economic impact if they lose the ability to use Glufosinate-ammonium. 50% of them have no other option to control suckers.
Hectares of farmland per capita
World farmland is limited and is difficult to expand further. In 1950, there was 0.52 hectares of farmland per capita, while in 2010, it shrank to 0.20 per capita.
1 | Synthesis: the impacts of Basta F1’s ban for three crop production systems in France?, Solucom, 2011.
Talking Weed Issues Across Continents

Richard Hinchliffe, and English farmer, and Santiago del Solar Dorrego, an Argentinian counterpart, discuss weed resistance with an Argentinian agricultural engineer, Fernando Garcia Frugoni. Even though Argentina and Europe have different agricultural practices, the challenge of weed resistance is common. Both regions discovered that today farmers have to think well in advance about what they are doing and make decisions about crops and rotations for years to come. In both regions, dealing with the problem is all about a "combined integrated approach with herbicides the last part of the puzzle". Cultural methods have to be integrated first before reaching for chemistry as the final piece.

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What alternatives to using Glufosinate-ammonium does the farmer have?

Alternative chemical treatments often affect whole plants rather than just the part of the plant with which they come into contact, which would harm the crop. Alternative chemical treatments also tend to have a smaller spectrum of control.

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