Tall trees catch much wind..or how to avoid the risk of lodging in small grains.
posted by Jochum Wiersma, UMN Small Grains Specialist
The meaning of Dutch proverb "Tall trees catch much wind" doesn't have anything to do with lodging and more to do with the propensity of people to be jealous of those that stand out, but in this context is a nice way to describe the physics off lodging. Simply put, it takes less wind power for a tall crop to lodge, simply because the amount of force needed to bend the stem is less.
Last spring I wrote a summary about the use of growth regulators to reduce the risk of lodging.