The herbicide is a type of crop protection chemical that is composed to eliminate or curtail detestable vegetation. Herbicides play their roles according to its kind; a selective herbicide eliminates only a breed of the plant from all the other plant variety. These are mainly efficient to eradicate weeds flourishing on grass. Whereas, the non-selective herbicides eradicates all the plants from the affected area. These are mainly useful on plants growing on and among the pavement gaps. Herbicides are habitually efficient in row-crop farming, they are applied prior or at the time of planting to increase crop productivity and diminish other vegetation. They also prove useful in forest management for replanting. In urban areas herbicides are used on lawns, turfs, golf courses and other areas. Herbicides are also used on water bodies to prevent flourishing of aquatic weeds.
The types of herbicides include organic herbicide that is used for organic farming. These tend to be less effective and costly and are based on natural materials, some of the organic crop protection herbicide chemicals are a combination of phenol derivatives and sulfonylurea. The inorganic herbicide is a non-ecological way to get rid of undesired grass or weed. It is the least recommended way in the global crop protection market. The chemicals in inorganic herbicide include sodium chlorate and borate.
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Understanding the advantages and disadvantages of using a crop protection chemical is very essential. It does not only inform us about the risks but also educate us to use them effectively. Some of the advantages and disadvantages are as follows:
- Persuasive weed control– Distinct amenity given to the land concedes the vital plants to bloom and baffle out the weeds. Nevertheless, some undesirable plants still flourish. Herbicides are much effective in eliminating the weeds only when the chemical is chosen appropriately. Selective herbicides eradicate only a precise breed of weed or plant; on the other hand, non-selective herbicides abrogate any plant they come in contact with. Alternatives such a pre-emergent herbicide chemical to restrict the growth of weed or a postemergence herbicide that is adequate when the weeds have already flourished can be used. Contact chemicals eliminate the weeds on its touch, while systematic herbicides journey through the weeds and eliminate them from the core.
- Easy to use– Physical deduction of weed adjures to strenuous labor. The herbicide chemical is easy to apply by just spraying it on the plants and it starts effecting at that point by eradicating the undesirable plant.
- Health and environmental impact– The herbicides chemicals can cause severe damage to the environment and health of the people who come in contact with these chemicals. Inhaling or swallowing an herbicide chemical can cause illness or worse death to the person, depending on the amount, type, and the age. Chemicals that have drifted due to miss handling may get mixed in the air and can journey to other areas and affect the wildlife and plants. They can also be mixed into waterways or groundwater supply leading damage to the human food chain and water supply.
Author: Komal Surana
Sr. Content Writer and Editor, Inkwood Research