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.
Hail strikes Nebraska crops each year, creating uncertainty and questions for farmers: “Does the level of damage warrant replanting or will the remaining stand yield better than a replant would? How should I adjust inputs for the remaining season? Would a cover crop be cost effective?”
Correct moisture and timing are critical to making good silage. Too wet and the product may be sour and less palatable. Too dry and it may be hard to pack and store. Just right and you'll make good feed and more profit.
Severe weather, especially hail, is common during the Nebraska growing season. The impact to crops, structures, and equipment can be devastating, but planning and responding properly can save you time, money, and stress.
Yield losses from hail storms will depend on the timing and severity of the hail, and subsequent environmental conditions. Regardless of the level of damage, farmers should be patient when evaluating early-season hail damage in corn and wait 7–10 days after a hail event to allow for crop regrowth. See more on replant decision, yield potential of surviving plants, hail and bacterial plant pathogens.
If replanting after a hail event is not an option, integrating cover crops into post-hail management practices may be an option. This infographic shares what you need to know about cover crops: benefits, interseeding, and selection.