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Controlling Volunteer Corn in Soybeans

By Dwight Lingenfelter
Volunteer corn in soybeans can impact yield. Below are some suggestions to help control this problem.
As the soybean crops continue to mature, volunteer corn is rearing its head in some fields. We assume that most of the volunteer corn is glyphosate- and glufosinate-resistant, so we will not spend time going over all the options for killing the various types of volunteer corn. In general, the most logical choices to control volunteer corn in any kind of soybean are the post-grass herbicides (e.g., Assure II, Select, clethodim, Fusilade, etc.). Below are some rates to consider depending on the height of the volunteer corn:
ProductVolunteer corn heightRate/acre
Select Max 0.97EC<12 inches6 fl oz
Select Max 0.97EC12-24 inches9 fl oz
Clethodim 2EC4-12 inches4 fl oz
Clethodim 2EC12-18 inches6 fl oz
Assure II/Targa 0.88EC10-12 inches4 fl oz
Assure II/Targa 0.88EC12-18 inches5 fl oz
Assure II/Targa 0.88EC18-30 inches8 fl oz
Fusilade DX 2EC<12 inches4 fl oz
Fusilade DX 2EC12-18 inches6 fl oz
Always include the necessary adjuvants according to the herbicide label, otherwise control will be impacted. In most cases, this will require the addition of a crop oil concentrate (COC) or methylated seed oil (MSO). If crop injury is a concern, a nonionic surfactant (NIS) may be used in place of an oil with Select Max only. Keep in mind if you plan to tank-mix a broadleaf-specific herbicide, the rate of the grass herbicide may need to be increased to overcome possible antagonism.