Crop Nutrition

What Are the Costs of Burning Corn Stalks?

Mike Howell

Mike Howell

Mike Howell


Senior Agronomist

Growing up on a university research farm, Mike Howell developed an interest in agriculture at a young age. While active in 4-H as a child, Howell learned to appreciate agriculture and the programs that would shape his career. Howell holds a Bachelor of Science degree in soil science and a Master of Science degree in entomology from Mississippi State University. He has more than 20 years of experience conducting applied research and delivering educational programs to help make producers more profitable. He takes pride in promoting agriculture in all levels of industry, especially with the younger generation.

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Corn harvest season is in full swing, and one challenge that faces growers is deciding what to do with residue left in the field after harvest.

In some areas, the high amounts of residue remaining can lead to drainage problems and clogged drain pipes. One solution for this problem has been to burn the residue after harvest, but this article discusses some of the benefits of this residue. Growers should consider what they may be losing before deciding to burn.