Today, growers of many U.S. crops hire independent professional consultants to manage their product use and only request applications of crop protection products when a problem arises. They also use products that are specific to the pests present. This has led some crops, like cotton, to reduce product applications from 20 or 40 applications per year down to 4 or 5.
Decreasing Food Production Cost
Increased yields, reduced crop losses from pests and disease, and less spoilage after harvest are just some of the benefits of innovation in crop protection products that we all enjoy today. A reliable food supply on a large scale and at reasonable cost can only be guaranteed with the help of crop protection products. Although often taken for granted, without these important products, food production would decline, many fruits and vegetables would be in short supply and prices would rise. By making agriculture more productive, these tools help to keep food prices in check for the consumer and fruit and vegetables that were once seasonal are now in year-round abundance. Our markets and stores are full of food that is nutritious and more affordable than ever.