Economic Consequences of Bans on Corn (Zea mays) and Soybean (Glycine max) Herbicides Commonly used on Indiana Farms Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • The short-run economic consequences of bans on herbicides commonly applied to corn (Zea maysL.) and soybeans [Glycine max(L.) Merr.] on a typical Indiana farm were analyzed. A dinitroaniline ban reduced soybean yields and net farm income 17 and 32%, respectively. A triazine ban reduced corn and soybean yields 3 and 20%, respectively, and net farm income by 38%. A simultaneous ban on all dinitroaniline, triazine, and amide herbicides reduced corn and soybean yields 14 and 17%, respectively, and net farm income by 65%. Harvest delays attributable to less effective weed control resulted in a loss in efficiency, yields, and profits, and increased machinery and labor requirements. Hence, herbicide bans under typical Indiana conditions would inflict substantial, short-run economic losses on individual farmers. This study did not measure any potential public benefits or costs of herbicide bans, however.

author list (cited authors)

  • Cashman, C. M., Martin, M. A., & McCarl, B. A.

citation count

  • 9

publication date

  • May 1981