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How do costs compare between herbicide use and manual weeding?

Category: Herbicide Operations

A direct comparison of the cost to protect a plantation using either herbicide or manual weeding depends on many factors, such as site, competing species, timing or quality of work. Based on a typical scenario, the average cost of vegetation management (herbicide and plantation cleaning) is approximately $400 per hectare. Using manual weeding alone, the average cost would be $1,500 per hectare. Manual treatments are also less effective in removing the competing vegetation, and require follow-up treatments as this vegetation quickly returns the following year, increasing the cost further.