Apples are among the most popular fruits worldwide. The antioxidants in apple have several health promoting and disease prevention properties, and thereby, truly justifying the proverb “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. The total world apple production amounts to almost 80 million tonnes a year. The main apple producer is China, which accounts for more than half of the global production, followed by the United States, India, Turkey, Poland and other countries.

Apple orchard after weed control

As weeds compete with apples for essential nutrients, apple farmers spend a considerable amount of management effort and financial resources each year to manage weeds, and to maintain high quality and affordable produce. In particular, they need to keep a band below the trees free of vegetation to avoid nutrition and water competition, and give the trees the best growing conditions. On top of that, farmers also have to control excessive sucker growth.

Glufosinate-ammonium is one of the very few products on the market labelled for the control of suckers in apple orchards and a broad spectrum of weeds, in one treatment without harming the mother tree. The use of Glufosinate-ammonium as an alternative to the commonly-used Glyphosate helps to avoid weed resistance development. If applied correctly under the right weather conditions, it is among the safest crop protection solutions in apple orchards. 

Did you know?

  • At present, there are at least 7,500 cultivated varieties of apples. If a person eats one different variety every single day, it will take over 20 years to try them all.1
  • The world biggest producer of apples is China, followed by the USA, Turkey and Poland. In 2012 China supplied 50% of the total world production.2

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Fighting weed resistance

Overreliance on a single herbicide can cause the development of resistant weeds jeopardizing yields.

Benefits for the crop

Glufosinate-ammonium has enabled the healthy production of more than 100 crops.

Benefits in the field

Glufosinate-ammonium’s unique chemistry enables a substantial increase in yields and offers significant agricultural advantages.


Glufosinate-ammonium preserves the balance between the needs of the environment, economy and society.


Glufosinate-ammonium is one of the most widely-applied broad-spectrum herbicides, controlling weeds in a huge variety of crops worldwide.


The use of a plant protection product is only authorized if the resulting exposure of the consumer to residues is shown to be less than a toxicological limit which always includes a safety factor of at least 100.


For more than 30 years, Glufosinate-ammonium has become one of the key herbicides in global agriculture. For farmers, the product offers a unique, simple and effective weed control in a variety of crops, while preserving a balance between the needs of the environment, economy and society.

1Elzebroek, A.T.G. (2008). Guide to Cultivated Plants. CABI. p.27.
2FAOSTAT. (Figures from 2012).