Meet the HailKnow Team

Hail Know
The Hail Know Team
Al Dutcher

Al Dutcher

Associate State Climatologist

I am an Agricultural Extension Climatologist with the Nebraska State Climate Office. My career at the University of Nebraska started in 1989 when I worked on soil moisture modeling and leading the Climate Services division of the High Plains Regional Climate Center. I have been actively involved in studying climate-agricultural relationships, including evapotranspiration modeling, climate forecasting, drought monitoring, climate change analysis, mesonet siting and quality control, and thermal tracking of insect development. I monitor  atmospheric patterns and identify trends that can be used to enhance ag productivity and marketing, releasing information through media outlets like CropWatch, Market Journal, and KRVN.

402-472-5206
adutcher1@unl.edu

Roger Elmore

Roger Elmore

Cropping Systems Agronomist

The pleasantly pungent smell of decomposing plants permeates the air as one nears a field once nearly pristine, now destroyed. In only a few minutes, a near-perfect crop lies ravaged — a plague passed over. Hail whiplashes, rips leaves, bruises and cuts stems, and at times plants die. Crop recovery varies with the weather after the storm. In agronomic extension and research, we study how best to respond to hail and deliver that information to those who can use it.

402-472-1451
roger.elmore@unl.edu
@RogerElmore on Twitter

Paul Jasa

Paul Jasa

Agricultural Engineer

I develop and conduct crop production educational programs to help growers improve profitability, build soil health, and reduce risks to the environment.  Across the years, I’ve worked with planting equipment, tillage system evaluation, soil and water conservation, residue management, crop rotations and, more recently, cover crops and soil health.  Cover crops, seeded after a hail event, can reduce nutrient losses and help keep the soil biologically active with living roots feeding carbon and sunlight energy into the soil system.

402-472-6715
pjasa1@unl.edu

Robert Klein

Robert Klein

Western Nebraska Crops Specialist

I revised the Nebraska Extension Circulars on evaluating hail damage to corn, soybeans, and grain sorghum, and wrote CropWatch articles on the importance of and best methods for controlling volunteer wheat resulting from pre-harvest hail. I use farm visits, field surveys and university research to gather information on hail and share education via Extension programs, radio, TV, and news articles for informed decision-making.

308-696-6705
rklein1@unl.edu

Justin McMechan

Justin McMechan

Crop Protection and Cropping Systems Specialist

My research focuses on crop response to hail damage and the interactions between hail, insects, and plant diseases using a hail machine that replicates real-world scenarios. Research from these studies allows growers to make accurate and informed decisions about the fate and management of their crops.

402-624-8041
justin.mcmechan@unl.edu
@JustinMcMechan on Twitter

Ashley Mueller

Ashley Mueller

Disaster Recovery Coordinator

I help Nebraskans prepare for and recover from extreme weather and disasters and lead projects in the areas of agriculture, community development, and youth development. I’m also leading the USDA-funded project to develop the Hail Know website, video series, and infographics.

402-727-2775
ashley.mueller@unl.edu
NE Extension Disasters on Facebook

Nathan Mueller

Nathan Mueller

Cropping Systems, Ag Technologies Educator

I feed you agronomic information for your farm in northeast Nebraska that will help you know your crop, know your tech, know your bottom line. I have agricultural experience from across the Midwest including Nebraska, Kansas, South Dakota, and Indiana. My extension work focuses on precision ag, on-farm research, soil fertility, crop rotations, cover crops, and soil health.

402-727-2775
nathan.mueller@unl.edu
croptechcafe.org
@CropTechCafe on Twitter

Chris Proctor

Chris Proctor

Weed Management  Educator

402-472-5411
caproctor@unl.edu
@UNLWeedSci 

Daren Redfearn

Daren Redfearn

Extension Forage Crop Residue Specialist

I'm on a multidisciplinary team focused on enhancing and developing forage-based beef production systems. I focus on developing, analyzing and implementing integrated crop/forage/livestock systems. My research emphasizes the development of management, production and utilization strategies for annual forages used as cover crops after row crops. My extension programs focus on integrating the use of crop residues, annual forages, cover crops, and perennial grasses into existing beef production systems and implementing economical crop residue harvest and grazing methods. 

402-472-2662
dredfearn2@unl.edu

Jenny Rees

Jenny Rees

Cropping Systems Educator

Using my background in agronomy, crop protection, and plant pathology and 13 years of experience in Extension, I serve Nebraskans. I walk fields with farmers and ag industry reps to assist with crop decisions, including those related to hail/replant, disease, and problem diagnosis.

402-362-5508
jrees2@unl.edu
JenReesources.com
@JenReesources on Twitter

Cory Walters

Cory Walters

Grain Economist

402-472-0366
cwalters7@unl.edu
@CoryWaltersUNL on Twitter

Tyler Williams

Tyler Williams

Cropping Systems and Climate Resiliency Educator

I utilize my background in meteorology and agronomy to help the agricultural industry reduce the impact to their operations from climate and weather.

402-441-7180
tyler.williams@unl.edu
Weather-Ready.unl.edu
@TylerW_UNL on Twitter
Ag Climate Nebraska on Facebook