The advantages of using agrochemicals include increased pest and disease control, better delivery of fertilizers, along with lower labor costs associated with weeding. This leads to better quality crops, higher yields from multiple yearly crops and lower prices for producers and consumers.
Agrochemicals, chemicals ? usually pesticides ? used to improve soil and crop conditions in agriculture include herbicides, fungicides and nematicides, some synthetic fertilizers and hormones, as well as other growth agents.
Development of agrichemicals was essential to increasing food production in the United States. By improving the health of crops with fertilizers and growth agents, producers achieve consistent quality, increase supply and shorten time to market. Using many, if not most, agrichemicals is also cheaper than hiring manual labor to weed and fertilize crops, allowing producers to have more crops in production at a given time. The combined effect is that total cost goes down, reducing producers? overhead while increasing their market prices and keeping consumer-end food costs lower.
As a result of the use of agrichemcials, horticulturists have developed genetically engineered cultivars to work with specific agrichemicals to provide maximum yields. While this results somewhat in the loss of regional variations in color, it has also helped to develop industry production standards for more consistent quality.