Mechanical Properties Affecting Lodging of Sorghum

  title={Mechanical Properties Affecting Lodging of Sorghum},
  author={Leonard L. Bashford and Jerry W. Maranville and Sharon Weeks and Richard F Campbell},
10 grain sorghum cultivars were studied to find mechanical properties that would be indicative of lodging-resistant characteristics. Lodging-resistant (stiff) types were on average 7.6 cm shorter than weak types. At high moisture content, stems failed with clean breaks and little deformation; at low moisture content, deformation was greater. The leaf sheath provided additional support to that of the bare stem and exerted the greatest influence at the stem base. Responses to force were… CONTINUE READING