Yield loss from weed competition, combined with the cost of weed control in sugarcane in Australia, has been estimated to exceed $70 million annually.
Analysis in 2008 estimated the average value of lost yield due to sub-optimal weed management to be $338/ha.
Effective weed management is most important in the early stages of crop development. Weeds compete with sugarcane for light, nutrients and moisture, significantly reducing yields in a relatively short period of time. Implementing a timely, cost-effective weed management strategy is vital to maximise yields.