Why Is Atrazine Important to Today’s Farmers?

Atrazine is a key tool for farmers who are using climate friendly farming practices like no-till. Without the use of this product, many farmers would be forced to return to some level of tillage.

  • If an ultra-low CELOC was implemented by EPA, 24 million acres of corn could be forced to come out of no-till farming practices.
  • Higher cost, less effective herbicides would drive up production costs for farmers. The economic impact would have a more severe impact on small family farms.
  • More than 400,000 U.S. corn, sorghum and sugar cane growers rely on atrazine.
  • Atrazine is used for weed control on over 2/3 of U.S. corn and sorghum acres.
  • Atrazine allows farmers to increase crop yields and reduce soil erosion.
  • Atrazine is essential to many farmers who use no-till and conservation tillage practices.
  • The loss of atrazine would have a negative impact on climate-smart, sustainable farming practices.
  • Atrazine is an affordable herbicide. Losing atrazine would cost corn growers between $30 to well over $60 per acre.
  • Herbicide resistance in weeds continues to be a problem, and atrazine is an important tool for herbicide resistance management.