How Is Glyphosate Used?

Roundup Weed Killer


Farmers have multiple options to control weeds—tillage, pulling by hand, herbicides, crop rotation, to name a few. Glyphosate is one of the herbicides farmers use, though it’s not the only one. Glyphosate is typically used in combination with many other agricultural practices to manage weeds. It is not a silver bullet for a weed control program.

When farmers decide to use herbicides, including glyphosate, the herbicide manufacturers provide maximum use rates. These rates help farmers to use the herbicides in a precise and judicious manner. The rates have been tested by the companies, academics and regulatory authorities. The final approved recommended rates for the products are also approved by the Environmental Protection Agency

Farmers must also periodically complete training programs and be certified to use herbicides in their state before applying the herbicides.

Some benefits of glyphosate for farmers include:

  • Helps to eliminate weeds in the field prior to planting, between fruit tree rows or in-crop with Roundup Ready® crops
  • Contributes to the increase of acres converting to conservation tillage, which preserves valuable topsoil, reduces stream sedimentation and helps retain soil
  • Helps reclaim land that has been taken over by weeds for grazing or agriculture


Homeowners encounter weeds just like farmers, only on a smaller scale. Weeds can take root and grow in gardens, yards and driveway and sidewalk cracks. Homeowners can choose from a wide variety of herbicides as well. In the case of glyphosate, homeowners may be able to purchase the Roundup branded herbicides for lawn and garden uses at their local nursery or home improvement centers.

Just like with the approved uses on a label for glyphosate for farmers, glyphosate products for use in lawn and garden also have a recommended use rate to help consumers use the product precisely. To learn more about consumer usage tips, visit

Some benefits of glyphosate for homeowners include:

  • Helps to eliminate weeds in sidewalks, flowerbeds and around trees.
  • Helps control weeds in hard-to-reach areas, such as along fences, around poles and on steep slopes where mowing is risky


Weeds can pose problems for building owners, schools, natural habitats and recreational areas. In these areas, some benefits of glyphosate include:

  • Helps to control roadside vegetation to maintain driver visibility, curtail mowing emissions and eliminate mowing residues
  • Removes noxious weeds, such as poison ivy and thorny bushes from schools, parks and recreation areas
  • Helps to manage habitats that are threatened by uncontrolled growth of unwanted plant species that endanger native plants and animals