October 27, 2020 | By Rupp Seeds
Nearly every year, adverse weather and crop conditions result in lodged corn in some fields. Lodging may be caused by a windstorm, stalk rot or other disease, rootworm activity, or some combination of these. The damage varies considerably depending on the severity of lodging. Lodging not only impacts the yield potential of a corn crop, but also creates a residue management problem, especially in fields where lodged corn goes unharvested. Increasing the rate of residue breakdown can be aided by practices that enhance soil health and soil microorganism populations.
Various tillage options, grazing, and cover crops are all options that can aid in the decomposiion of the residue. Learn more in this issue of SeedScoop.
Residue Management in a Field of Lodged Corn