lodged wheat© Tim Scrivener
Seasonal factors were the cause of much of the lodging that occurred in wheat and barley crops in 2017, rather than variety weaknesses or a decline in standards. Cereal growers quick to pin the blame on plant breeding are mistaken, crop experts agree. They stress that any lodging susceptibility already in varieties was increased by the weather. They highlight the long cold and dry spell in March and April, which made it difficult for growers to deliver nitrogen requirements at […]