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weed control

Weeds reduce crop yield and quality, while raising costs to the grower and consumer. For decades, growers have used a combination of tillage (plowing) and herbicides to control weeds in crops. Advances in biotechnology have provided farmers with more options to make weed control more effective and more economical in soybeans and other crops by producing plants that are resistant to specific broad-spectrum herbicides such as glyphosate, which would otherwise damage the crop. Just as important, the use of herbicide tolerant crops can contribute to conservation tillage techniques that help to reduce soil erosion.