Evaluation of Ridge Tilling with and without Herbicides

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 1992: $3,885.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/1993
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $4,942.00
Region: North Central
State: Iowa
Project Coordinator:


  • Agronomic: corn, oats, soybeans


  • Crop Production: ridge tillage
  • Education and Training: demonstration, farmer to farmer
  • Pest Management: economic threshold, physical control

    Proposal summary:

    The primary project goal is to see if we can fine tune ridge-tillage in corn without any herbicides and not suffer any significant yield loss or effectiveness of weed control. We want to determine whether or not a band of herbicides is worth the economic and environmental cost of using it in terms of yield, weed control, economics and energy use. We hope to demonstrate through proper management and timing of planting, rotary hoeing and cultivating that herbicide use even in a narrow band is not needed. In addition, we want to see the effects of rotary hoeing on yield and weed control.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.