Wind Damage on Corn

by Glen Arnold, Putnam County

A storm front on Monday July 11th brought much needed rain to northwest Ohio but high winds flattened corn in many fields.

Peter Thomison, OSU Extension corn specialist, addressed this topic in the most recent CORN newsletter http://corn.osu.edu/newsletters/2011/2011-22/effects-of-wind-lodging-on-corn-performance

An article in 2003 written by Bob Nielsen, Purdue University corn specialists, also mentions this topic  http://www.agry.purdue.edu/ext/corn/news/articles.03/RainHailWind-0709.html

University of Wisconsin corn agronomists Joe Lauer recently authored an article entitled Yield Response to Flattened (Lodged) Corn at http://corn.agronomy.wisc.edu/AA/A086.aspx

Locally, the taller corn seemed to handle wind better than the shorter corn. This is probably due to having developed brace roots to better support the stalks.

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