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That's unfortunate, to sayThat's unfortunate, to say the least. This is called stalk lodging, and it is relatively common. If the stalk is not broken, it might recover. Lodging has three main causes: severe weather, European corn borer, and stalk rot disease. Expert advise suggests reducing stress in the corn field by, for example, choosing the proper hybrid, plant population, providing adequate moisture at critical times, insect control, and crop rotation. Since you mention that this is the second year in a row this has happened, consider crop rotation: Is this the same field used last year? Failure to properly rotate crops can contribute to their vulnerability. Also consider contacting your local agricultural extension service for advice specific to your region. Best wishes.

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