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The Impacts of High Wind and Lodging on Corn

Plant lodging resistance is an important agronomic trait to possess in corn, especially as harvest nears.

Wind damage in the form of lodging greatly impacts plants as they approach tasseling and beyond. Stalks become less flexible, making it more difficult for the plant to reorient itself. If the plant is unable to reorient its stalks and leaves, a reduction of photosynthesis can occur. Decreased or poor pollination with leaves enveloping silks is another potential effect of harsh winds.

While the severity of wind damage may vary from field to field, it is essential for growers and experts to understand the impacts of this stressor, and how to continue after a farm has been affected. On Aug. 24 at 12:00 CDT, Seed Speaks is addressing how high wind and lodging impact corn as harvest nears. Joining us are:

Alex Lindsey, associate professor of crop ecophysiology in the department of horticulture and crop science at Ohio State University. Since joining the faculty in 2015, Lindsey has focused on how crops interact with environmental factors to influence growth and yield. He also teaches courses on crop production, plant physiology and seed science and serves as coordinating advisor for the agronomy specialization of the sustainable plant systems major. Lindsey received his PhD in agronomy from Ohio State University in 2015 under Peter Thomison and has been a Certified Crop Advisor since 2009. Prior to coming to Ohio, he received his bachelor of science and master of science degrees from Michigan State University.

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