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Glyphosate vs.

Glyphosate facts:

  • Since its introduction in 1974, the annual quantity of Glyphosate used worldwide has increased by a factor of around 265*
  • With annual sales of around 770 thousand tonnes in the agricultural sector, every tenth hectare of arable land can be treated with an average glyphosate application rate.*
  • Europe’s share of global consumption of Glyphosate is 4 % or around 35 thousand tonnes per year

*Source Bayerische Landesanstalt für Landwirtschaft 

Specific energy use: – glyphosate 

  • Specific energy use of the active ingredient per hectare is about 70 % lower for
  • Comparison based on 2023 data for oats preharvest weed control and desiccation

Energy for oats desiccation 

  • The energy required is based on the power output required depending on maturity.
  • Maturity varies across the field in patches and tramlines, for example depending on the season, there may be higher or lower, still fairly green grains on a single plant.
  • The greener grains are the main danger of glyphosate uptake, both in the end product for humans and the small vegetarian mammals/insects in the field.
  • The system automatically adjusts itself to the degree of ripeness for each individual applicator.
  • Typical maturity levels at the time of oats sowing require an average of around 9 kWh/ha of energy.