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.