Evaluation of Nitrogen Fertilization and Genotype Effects on Lodging of Miscanthus and Switchgrass

R.I. Nazli & I. Lewandowski
Energy grasses for use as solid fuels are harvested after winter, i.e. in early spring. But in regions with early snow, lodging is a major risk leading to quality and yield losses. Visual lodging assessment was conducted to evaluate genotypic effects and effects of nitrogen fertilization on lodging susceptibility of miscanthus and switchgrass after heavy snowfall. In a comparison of 15 miscanthus genotypes, strong differences in lodging behaviour were observed. All M. x sinensis genotypes...