Farmers: Know How to Respond to Hail Damage

Hail damaged corn
Image 1. July 9 hail damage 10 miles west of Hemingford (corn).

Farmers: Know How to Respond to Hail Damage

In the aftermath of the severe hail (on July 9 in Box Butte County and elsewhere in the area this summer), farmers in the affected areas need to notify their insurance agent of damage. Producers must receive written permission from the insurance company to replant, abandon or destroy a crop.

When evaluating hail damage in row crop, it is critical to wait 7-10 days to allow the crop to respond for proper evaluation. 

An important resource is CropWatch’s “Hail Know” website.

This site discusses the hailstorm, how to assess damage, handling the insurance, decision-making surrounding replanting, managing crop recovery and considering the potential or value of a cover crop.

Hail damaged winter wheat
Image 2. July 9 hail damage 13 miles northwest of Hemingford (winter wheat).

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