Integrated Weed Management

Integrated Weed Management (IWM) is an approach to managing weeds using multiple control tactics. The purpose of IWM is to include many methods in a growing season to allow producers the best chance to control troublesome weeds. more information contact us


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environmental protection
environmental protection
years since we discovered the last new herbicide as a mode of action worldwide
average yearly increase of unique resistance cases (species × site of action) for the last 30 years, with no reduction insight.
number of glyphosate-resistant weeds worldwide in 2017
Million Euro Turnover EU Herbicide Market in 2018
Components of an IWM plan

The aim of IWM is to integrate different methods of weed management into a joint effort for weed control.

Chemical component

Herbicides are and will continue to be an integral part of most weed control plans, but IWM programms will reduce this to a minimum.

Mechanical component

Mechanical weed management focuses on physical practices that disrupt germination and destroy plant tissue.
This includes new methods of electrical weed control.

Integrated Weed Management

Biological component

This biological component uses living organisms to control weeds such as bacteria, fungi or insects that have a preference for a particular weed species.

Cultural component

A healthy, vigorous crop is the best weed control. Cultural practices should give the crop a competitive advantage over weeds.


Prevention is one of the first steps in weed management. This category differs from the others in that it focuses on keeping weeds away from the field or spreading within a field.

...any being, if it varies however slightly in any manner profitable to itself, under the complex and sometimes varying conditions of life, will have a better chance of surviving, and thus be naturally selected- Charles Darwin, Origin of Species (1859)

Need of sustainable agriculture

Sustainable agriculture is farming in sustainable ways, which means meeting society’s food and textile present needs, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs
Co2 Emisson

Co2 Emisson

about 21% of global greenhouse gas emissions caused by agriculture



Polluted 48% of stream and river water

Farming land

Farming land

Conversion of 50% of the world’s habitable land into farming land

Unsustainable Agriculture

Unsustainable Agriculture

Leads to loss of 12 million hectares of land each year to desertification



increased pesticide usage by 26 times over the past 50 years

Loss of Land

Loss of Land

At this rate by 2050, another 120 million hectares of natural habitats will be lost to farmland.

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Our Purpose

Develop innovative technologies and farming practices that help farmers increase efficiency and reduce the amount of natural resources—water, land, and energy—necessary to meet the world’s food, fuel, and fiber needs.

Our Vision

Modern agriculture is driven by continuous improvements in digital tools and data, as well as collaborations among farmers and researchers across the public and private sectors.
Also will Weed Control change from Chemistry to Application.

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Our mission is to improve the environmental quality of modern agriculture by partnering with area businesses, community leaders and farmers to work together to develop and build solutions for a cleaner and safer world to live and work for future generations.


Integrated weed management

Integrated weed management is defined in various ways, but the essence of the concept is that many different weed management tools are used in an integrated way to control weeds. One way to design integrated weed management is to overlap the four sciences/means of weed management: physics, chemistry, biology and ecology.

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March 2020

new cooperation

Selective electro-physical weeding in agriculture New Generation of field robot by
In the course of the project, the robotic systems learn to use their tools not only to control weeds between rows without herbicidal agents and without soil movement, but also to work in the row between the growing plants. Just like humans, the devices will work quickly and efficiently in places where there are no crops and will therefore act more slowly and cautiously close to the plants. Instead of spraying and hoeing, the electrophysical method developed by allows plants that have been touched with electrically conductive applicators to dry out right down to the roots by destroying the water conduit vessels. Since no soil is moved, the soil structure is protected, humus is preserved and fewer weeds are encouraged to germinate. The use on mulched fields and directly on mulch films is also planned. This new method enables farmers to keep their fields weed-free and thus productive on time and without chemical residues, with a high degree of independence from weather conditions, continuous operational capability and low personnel input. Innovative technology for sustainable vegetables.

May 2020

new advisory board member

Michiel De Jongh

Michiel De Jongh will join the advisory Board:

April 27th 2020 GmbH (Aachen-Germany) is pleased to announce the expansion of its advisory board. This board helps shape and guide the strategy of hybrid herbicide, working closely with the leadership team to capitalize on future growth opportunities.

About Michiel De Jongh

Michiel holds an M.Sc. degree in Industrial Engineering & Management Science from Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. While he grew up in the Netherlands, Michiel spent the last 15 years living abroad in Spain, the US, Argentina, Korea, Ukraine and Canada, working for a leading Fortune-500 agriculture company. During that time, he held a variety of roles, from Human Resources to Sales and Operations, and for the last eight years was heading businesses for the last 10 years in executive capacity. Earlier in his career, Michiel worked in business, consulting and in an entrepreneurial role as co-founder of a business incubator. Michiel is passionate about modern agriculture and the role we play as an industry in feeding a growing population in a sustainable and cost-effective manner, with innovative products, applications and services.


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