No Small Wonder Why Farmers Use Herbicides

Soybean Growth With and Without Herbicide Treatments

Soybean Growth With and Without Herbicide Treatments

Farmers all over the world use herbicides to prevent weeds from taking over their fields. A large number of non-chemical methods of weed control have been tested and are available. However, farmers prefer herbicides. A prominent weed scientist cites the reasons why…..

“In comparison with herbicides, non-chemical methods of weed control are often: less effective, more unpredictable, more expensive, have labour/timeliness constraints, may not reduce the requirement for herbicides, may provide little or no visual evidence of success, may have adverse environmental implications and are often more complex to manage.”

Author: Moss, S. R.
Affiliation: Plant and Invertebrate Ecology Department, Rothamsted Research, Hertfordshire, UK.
Title: Weed research: is it delivering what it should?
Source: Weed Research. 2008. 48:389-393.

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