Corn lodging 101
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Storm damage to corn this time of year causes producers to wonder how affected plants will respond. One outcome of storm damage may be corn lodging. Root lodging is when the root system is compromised by damage or when mechanical force disrupts the root-soil attachment. Stalk lodging results from trauma to the stem from wind or other damage. If the stalk is actually broken, as in greensnap, the plant is effectively useless for grain production. As long as the stalk isn't severed, plants that lodge in vegetative stages often have a remarkable ability to recover.