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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 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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Video: Hail Events and Damage

Seventy percent of Nebraska hail events occur from May to July, with 30% of those occurring in June. When hail strikes, what do you need to do to make informed decisions to manage your crop for the rest of the season? Find out in this video, the first in a series from Nebraska Extension Hail Know. It offers an overview of damage assessment, insurance coverage, crop recovery, replanting considerations, and cover crops.

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Video: Hail Damage Assessment

Be confident in accurately assessing hail damage to crops and the potential for regrowth and recovery or the need to replant with research-based information from Nebraska Extension.

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Video: Crop Insurance Risk Management

How can you assess your risk of crop hail damage? What do you need to know when considering hail insurance coverage levels, policies, and endorsements? A Nebraska Extension crop insurance specialist outlines key steps in managing risk through crop insurance.

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Video: Replanting Considerations

The decision to replant after hail can be difficult and is often unclear, especially when hail occurs in late May through June. Will the current crop recover and provide a reasonable yield? Will replanting offer a better yield? This video explores how to assess stand injury and yield potential as well as other factors to consider.

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Video: Hail Damage Evaluation and Management in Corn

Production loss estimates in corn from hail damage is a critical first step for determining the need to replant or to make adjustments on future inputs. Regardless of crop development stage, it is critical to wait 7-10 days to allow the crop to respond for proper evaluation. Production loss estimates by the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation in corn may include remaining plant stand, defoliation and direct losses from ear damage depending on the stage of development. Additional losses and quality issues can occur with fungal infections so continued scouting of hail damage fields is important. Be sure to contact your crop adjuster before making any management decisions on a hail damaged crop. Justin McMechan, University of Nebraska Crop Protection and Cropping System Specialist.

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Infographic: Hail Events and Damage

Hail impacts many communities and industries on a yearly basis, producing annual economic losses in excess of $1 billion. In this infographic, discover how hail is formed, its seasonal impacts, and why the Great Plains is the right place when it comes to hail-producing storms.

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