Video: How glyphosate herbicide enables no-till, environmentally friendly farming

| | November 1, 2017

[Editor’s note: Jake Freestone is the manager of an arable and sheep LEAF Demonstration Farm in Tewkesbury, England.]

[N]o-till or zero-till, is under threat from misinformed lobby groups trying to get the active ingredient ‘glyphosate’ banned from all of our European crop production systems.  It is a very safe herbicide, (weedkiller) that we use instead of cultivation to kill weeds and cover crops, prior to planting our next crop.  It has been a valuable tool available to farmers for the last 40 years. Without glyphostate there will be serious implications to our food security and the negative effects of cultivation, (listed above) in terms of mechanical weed control will return.  It is used across the world and is one of the most rigorously tested of any pesticide, that is currently registered for use.

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Without glyphostate, as part of an Integrated Farm Management approach, UK yields of wheat and oilseed rape (canola) will drop by about 20%, primarily due to weed competition. We will need to use 546,000 Ha more land to replace this lost production.

I know that not being able to use this proven, safe chemical will impact severely on what we do and how we do it; eroding the positive environmental benefits of no-till farming.

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4 thoughts on “Video: How glyphosate herbicide enables no-till, environmentally friendly farming”

  1. so, the positive effects of no-till farming are??? all i can tell from this is that you don’t need to cultivate as much land, leaving the rest of the land free — for other uses. Bike-riding? weed-growing? real estate development? pretty views? or just less work for the farmer??

  2. The use of glyphosate has allowed the farmers of western Canada to reduce soil erosion , increase soil organic carbon content and reduce the use of fuel as well as increase yields in part due to improved moisture retention.
    Fuel savings 6 litres per acre, carbon sequestered 145 kg per acre, organic matter increase 272 kg per acre and labor saving of 15 minutes per acre (significant on a 10,000 acre farm.)

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