I have a harrow and a rotary hoe. I want to control the weeds
in my corn field. I just finished planting my corn today;
what would you recommend for me to use on the field and when?
Thanks for the question. I suggest you rotary hoe the field
three to five days after planting, depending on the weather.
Your goal here is to get the weeds when they are in the “white
root stage.” I’d then wait seven to 10 days and
do it again. At that point, the corn should be out of the
ground and ahead of the weeds. You’ll then need to use
a row-crop cultivator, of which there are many types. Now
you’ll be trying to rip out or bury the weed seedlings
that will most likely be starting to sprout. Try to keep the
weeds smaller than the corn, and you’ll be just fine.
Keep in mind that cultivation is as much an art as it is
a science. It takes time and practice to learn how to set
the equipment to do the best job without damaging the crop.
Every tool works differently, all soils work differently and
each year the weather changes. Hey, that’s what makes
Good luck, and let me know how it goes.