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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In-Season Must-Do's

Evaluating and recording crop progress each week will be helpful in determining the extent of crop damage.

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Early Season Must-Do's

A number of factors should be considered when evaluating early season crop damage.

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Late Season Must-Do's

Use this time to evaluate production practices used and plan for next year’s crop.

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How To’s of Crop Damage Assessment

Identify the plant growth stage. If it’s difficult to determine, use planting date and growing degree days as a guide.

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