New Resources on Hail Damage to Corn, Grain Sorghum, and Soybeans June 8, 2011

New Resources on Hail Damage to Corn, Grain Sorghum, and Soybeans June 8, 2011

June 8, 2011

Three new extension circulars on evaluating hail damage to corn, grain sorghum, and soybeans are available on the web. Each resource provides key information for determining crop stage and assessing hail damage specific to that crop stage. In turn, this information can be used to estimate potential yield loss and make management decisions for that field. Yield loss data in these publications is based on information provided by the National Crop Insurance Service.

These extension circulars expand on the previous NebGuides and include information and photos for determining the growth stage for each crop — a key element to accurately evaluating potential yield loss from hail damage.

Will we see decreased hail incidents this year since we have new publications on evaluating hail damage? That seems to have occurred since we started doing research on drought tolerant corn. Since we started our work we’ve seen some of the best rainfall years, but I wouldn’t count on that extending to Nebraska hail damage.

Robert Klein
Extension Western Nebraska Crops Specialist