Self-Evaluate Weed Practices Online

New Web site shows value of soil-applied herbicides on every corn acre. Compiled by staff 

Published on: Feb 15, 2006

Soil-applied applications, for early season control of grasses and broadleaf weeds, are being recognized as an important ingredient toward growing a profitable corn crop. To show corn growers how soil-applied herbicides benefit both conventional and herbicide-tolerant corn weed-control systems, Dow AgroSciences has developed a new interactive Web site.

At www.CleanCorn.com, visitors can choose to take a trip down Roundup Ready Corn Ave. or Conventional Corn Drive to learn about issues that affect weed control in those systems. Each path contains university data from across the Corn Belt; video testimonials from growers, retailers and crop consultants; and examples of available weed control programs.

In addition, an interactive profit calculator is available on Roundup Ready Corn Ave. Growers can plug in their typical corn yields, the price of a bushel of corn and varying rates of soil-applied herbicides to see the potential profit they can protect by making a soil-applied herbicide application in Roundup Ready corn.

"We think this calculator will be a real eye-opener to growers since it gives them an example of how their profitability can be affected when grasses and weeds are allowed to compete with early emerging corn for moisture and nutrients," says Damon Palmer, marketing specialist for Dow AgroSciences corn herbicides. "Since the calculator is supported by university data, we think it's also an outstanding tool for retailers to use as they explain the benefits of using soil-applied herbicides to their growers."

Growers, retailers and consultants share real-life examples through video testimonials of why it's important to use soil-applied herbicides in Roundup Ready corn or how they approach weed control in conventional corn.

CleanCorn.com also gives visitors a glimpse into the corn herbicide portfolio from Dow AgroSciences, including the acetochlor lineup of Surpass, Keystone, Keystone LA, FulTime and TopNotch herbicides; Hornet WDG herbicide, a broadleaf product; and Glyphomax XRT and Durango glyphosate herbicides.

"This site really gives growers the opportunity to self-evaluate their weed control practices," Palmer says. "It allows them to focus on practices that reduce risk and make them the most money in the long run, rather than just focusing on costs."

Visit www.CleanCorn.com to view this interactive Web site.