Identifying Lodging May Save Corn Yields
According to Dr. Scott Stewart, integrated pest management extension specialist at the University of Tennessee, growers who planted non-Bt corn, particularly ones observing some lodging take place, might want to consider harvesting those fields first. Annual yield loss due to corn stalk lodging in the U.S. can range between 5 and 25%, according to the Purdue University extension.
Some lodging may be due to southwestern or European corn borer feeding. By harvesting those fields as soon as possible, growers may be able to prevent some harvest losses related to lodging or eardrop.
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