Corn plant injured by hail
Figure 1. Corn plant exhibiting abnormal growth (wrapped or tied leaves) after being damaged by hail. (Photo by Justin McMechan)

Crop Hail Damage Resources

June 14, 2017
Check out these resources from Nebraska Extension and CropWatch on assessing hail damage to crops. View a seven-day time lapse video of how corn hailed at the V4 growth stage recovers.

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Corn with wrapped leaves in response to hail
Figure 1. Corn plant exhibiting abnormal growth (wrapped or tied leaves) after being damaged by hail. (Photos by Justin McMechan)

Evaluating Early-Season Hail Damage in Corn

May 25, 2017
Factors to consider when assessing early-season hail damage in corn. Growers urged to wait 7-10 days after hail to make full assessment.

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US map of hail events

Hail: Pre- and Post-Event Risk Management Considerations

May 25, 2017
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.

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Hail-damaged corn plants
Hail-damaged corn plants

Hail Damage in Corn

May 11, 2016
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.

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Infographic: Crop Insurance and Risk Management

Developing a good relationship with your crop insurance agent is important, especially when it comes to managing your hail risk. In this infographic, learn the three questions you should ask your insurance agent.

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Video: 7-Day Time Lapse of Corn Recovery from Hail Damage

As part of a 2015 University of Nebraska-Lincoln research project on the effects of hail on crop development, Justin McMechan used time lapse photography to show how V4 corn recovered during the seven days post hail. McMechan and Roger Elmore, Extension Cropping Systems Specialist, used a hail machine.

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Video: Forage-Livestock Options and Cover Crops Following Hail Damage in Corn or Soybean

This presentation covers cover crop forage options following hail damage in corn and soybean fields, recommended planting date, use of warm- versus cool-season grasses, recommended grazing strategies, and available resources. Daren Redfearn, Nebraska Extension Forage Crop Residue Specialist.

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Infographic: Managing a Recovering Crop

Hail can strike late enough in the growing season that replanting isn’t a feasible option. This infographic focuses on several considerations for managing a recovering crop.

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