Pest Management Module Details

Weed Management Issues In Continuous Corn

Erickson, Bruce, Johnson, Bill, Nice, Glenn

Crop advisers know that it is not always easy to produce top corn yields, minimize weed control costs, and end up with the kind of weed control that will please not only your customers, but your customer's landlords as well. Typically, growing corn in a rotation with soybeans affords a grower two different sets of weed control systems, one set of herbicides for corn and primarily glyphosate for soybeans. But growers in a continuous corn situation have fewer options, and some additional considerations as well. Many of the herbicides available for use in corn are not exceptional at controlling many tough grass weed species. In addition, corn produces more residue, which can affect herbicide efficacy, as well as create a somewhat different soil temperature/moisture environment that can enhance germination and growth of specific weed species. These two factors not only affect which weeds may become more problematic, but affect the tools you may use to eventually control those weeds. Finally, for growers who rely heavily on postemergence systems, early season weed competition can have a dramatic effect on corn yields. This self-study module provides some insight on each of these factors, and explores specific strategies for some of the most problematic weeds that producers face when growing continuous corn.

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CourseNumber PM130
Time To Complete (hours) 1
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  • 1. Describe how differing crop rotations can affect weed species shifts.
  • 2. List weeds that are problematic in continuous corn systems.
  • 3. Describe why certain weed species are more problematic in continuous corn.
  • 4. Explain the implications of POST weed control timing in corn.
  • 5. Describe control options for annual grasses, johnsongrass, henbit/purple deadnettle, waterhemp, pigweed, and dandelion in corn.
Education Area Pest Management