A good season for lodging - 2016/17

A good season for lodging:

It has been 20 years since we had seasonal conditions so conducive to lodging. 1996-97 and 2016-17 were similar years with a cool start and hot finish.

Laurie Lewin (Rice R&D Committee) explains how the temperatures in 1996-97 were very similar to 2016-17. The cool start meant plant growth was slower early on, limiting the amount of carbohydrate laid down in the stems when they were filled and developed. The result was weaker stem strength. When temperatures warmed up in later months, the plant was more inclined to lay down those carbohydrates in the head and in filling the grain and so, the stem stayed weak. 

Rice Extension Newsletter, June 2017