Midwest Corn Roundup: Eastern Corn Belt

Published on: 16:16PM Nov 09, 2010

Gordon Vail

Like much of the Midwest, growers in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio dealt with less than favorable weather conditions this year. Rains flooded low-lying parts of the area early in the summer then disappeared, leaving many fields eager for a summer shower.  Despite the difficult conditions, the corn fields looked good most of the season – a testament to the importance of implementing a pre-emergence herbicide program for season-long weed control.


While the extra soil moisture was beneficial for corn health, the wet weather also increased weed pressures in the area, particularly velvetleaf, lambsquarters, ragweeds and pigweeds. Growers turned to products with multiple modes of action to combat stubborn weeds and aid in the fight against weed resistance.  Some growers reported that velvetleaf has become extremely hard to kill with glyphosate alone and have relied on products with more than one mode of action to keep it at bay.


Growers and retailers in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio worked to ensure a healthy crop by making sound agronomic decisions and using pre-emergence herbicide programs with multiple modes of action and residual control.  Weed control was great this year in most areas, but the potential for disease and insect pressures could always impact yield potential. That’s why it’s important to get out in your fields and take a look all season long – make sure you do all that you can to protect your crops. 


So, with corn harvested, where did yields end up in that part of the country?