Integrated Crop Management News

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Last year, lodging of corn was widespread, with some fields appearing to have 75 percent of the stalks down. According to Iowa Agricultural Statistics records, it was among the worst years for lodging during the past decade. Refer to the September 18, 2000, issue of Integrated Crop Management for some observations made during the season. This winter, I have had opportunities to discuss the lodging situation with many corn producers, extension specialists, and other ag professionals, and I think we can understand to a large extent why the problems were so widespread in 2000. In each field, there may have been a unique set of contributing circumstances, but there are a few general observations that apply to most of the field with problems.

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