Total crop production in the U.S. would be reduced by about 144 billion pounds without effective insecticides, according to a report recently released by the Crop Protection Research Institute.
The report was generated from a three-year study, “The Value of Insecticides in U.S. Crop Production,” which was reviewed and endorsed by 22 crop commodity organizations. The study was conducted to answer three questions about insecticide use: how many acres are treated with insecticides, the value farmers gain from the use of insecticides, and how much crop production is attributed to the insecticide use.
According to the report, today’s grower gets a $19 return on every dollar spent on insecticides, regardless of the type of crop grown. The study also found that U.S. crop production would be much lower without insecticides — 31 of 50 of the crops surveyed would suffer yield losses of 40 percent or greater. Without protection from insecticides, 10 percent of the overall U.S. crop would be lost annually.