Maize and Sorghum Establishment and Yield following Pre-Emergence Waterlogging

Themes: Sustainability

Keywords: Biomass Analytics, Field Data


Von Haden, A.C., , Burnham, M.Yang, W.H., DeLucia, E.H. Aug. 20, 2021. “Maize and Sorghum Establishment and Yield following Pre-Emergence Waterlogging.” University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. DOI: 10.13012/ B2IDB-8293871_V1.


Proportion of plants emerged (a) and relative total dry biomass yield (b) of bioenergy sorghum and maize. The most severe waterlogging occurred near the wet end of the transect (left), while further distances remained well-drained (right).

In 2020, early-season extreme precipitation events occurred after the planting of Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench and Zea mays L. in central Illinois that caused ponding. Following the first rainfall event, 50m transects were established to assess the waterlogging effects on seedling emergence and crop yields. Soil moisture, emergence, stem and tiller count, LAI, and yield were measured at various points in the season along these transects.


Data Download (57.3 KB) includes:

  • Soil moisture
  • Leaf area index
  • Emergence counts
  • Biomass yield
  • Stem counts
  • Tiller counts

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