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While you can't prevent hail damage to your crops, you can prepare for it. Get the information you need to make timely management decisions relative to risk management, damage assessment, replanting, and cover crops at the Nebraska Extension Hail Know website.

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

Farmers: Know How to Respond to Hail Damage

July 19, 2021
In the aftermath of the severe hail, farmers have numerous tasks to complete before replanting or destroying damaged crops. CropWatch's Hail Know resource can assist producers with each step of the process.

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Pasture and Forage Minute: Harvesting Quality Hay, Weather Stress on Forages

July 14, 2021
Tips for harvesting quality hay, assessing hail damage in perennial forages, and heat stress effects on alfalfa harvest.

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Hail damaged corn
Corn around V10-11 with leaves stripped due to hail damage. (CropWatch file photo)

Pasture and Forage Minute: Making Decisions on Weather Damaged Crops, Summer Grazing Precautions

July 7, 2021
Considerations for selling wheat straw during increased demand, avoiding hazards that accompany grazing summer annual forages, and options for crops that have been severely damaged by wind and hail.

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Hail damaged corn
Corn around V10-11 with leaves stripped due to hail damage. In this case, much of the corn will recover and look better in 10-14 days. Watch stalk bruising to see if stalk rot sets in. There are fields with hail damage at lower stalks with weakened plants that easily break. Soybeans at R1 (beginning flowering) reduced to sticks north of Stromsburg and in Hordville area. Soybeans with damage like this at the R1 stage can have the greatest yield loss in spite of seeing new buds regrowing with the warm weather. Another concern will be weed control going forward. (Photos by Jenny Rees)

Mid-Season Hail Damage Assessments in Corn and Soybeans

June 25, 2021
When severe storms and hail hit your corn and soybean fields, it's important to estimate yield losses to determine the need for future inputs and alternative management strategies. This guide offers steps to evaluate mid-season hail damage and estimate potential yield losses.

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early season damaged soybeans showing regrowth

Resources for Early-Season Crop Damage

June 12, 2020
With crop damage occurring in the forms of hail, wind and flooding early in this growing season, the following are resources that can help you in making decisions.

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Hailed corn field
Figure 1. Severely hail-damaged corn field where the ears are the top-most part of the plant. Following severe hail damage, cover crops can offer a variety of benefits from using available nitrogen to aiding weed control. (Photos by Jenny Rees)

Cover Crop Considerations Following Late-Season Hail

August 29, 2019
Late-season hail has impacted fields across Nebraska. Growers may want to consider the value of cover crops for weed management, excess nitrogen uptake, and forage options.

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Pinto beans
Nebraska ranks second in production of dry edible beans; however, this year drought and hail took a toll on dry edible beans in western Nebaska. For those harvests that don't meet the grade for human consumption, livestock feed may be an option.

Incorporating Drought or Hail Stricken Dry Edible Beans in Livestock Feed

August 28, 2019
In some areas of western Nebraska hail and drought took a toll on dry edible beans this year, reducing the feasability of harvesting them for rigorous human consumption standards. Consider these other options for their use.

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