Hailed corn
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 Storms

August 24, 2018
Cover crops offer a number of benefits in fields sustaining late-season hail damage, but should be planted soon to provide sufficient time for growth. A guide covers various cover crops and their use, seeding rates, and seeding method.

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Hailed corn in Howard County Aug. 16, 2018

Photo Report of Hail Damage in Howard County

August 17, 2018
Photos by Extension Educator Troy Ingram of extensive hail and storm damage after an Aug. 16 storm in Howard County. Includes video on benefits of planting cover crops into fields devastated by late-season hail.

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Hailed soybean

Aug. 13 Meetings Outline Post-Hail Crop Options

August 10, 2018
Nebraska Extension is hosting two After the Storm programs Monday, Aug. 13, to look at expectations for progress of hailed crops and management options going forward, including grain storage, cover crops, silage, and forage.

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Q&A: What are Some Forage Options for Hailed Soybeans?

August 1, 2018
Before using hailed soybean for grazing or planting in a cover crop intended for forage, there are several important things you'll want to check.

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Late herbicide application in corn after hail
Figure 1. Late herbicide application in a corn field following a June hail event in Dodge County in 2014.

Weed Management Considerations Following Hail Damage to Corn or Soybean

July 12, 2018
Following a hail event, crop canopy development can be severely delayed or damaged, which can lead to increased weed development and pressure. This story looks at factors to consider when selecting among mid-season weed control options in storm-damaged fields.

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Corn field devastated by hail in a June 30 storm in southwest Nebraska. Links to full article

Options for Hailed Crops Meeting July 17 in Holdrege

July 12, 2018
Nebraska Extension in Phelps and Gosper counties is hosting a meeting July 17 in Holdrege to explore management options for hail-damaged crop fields. The meeting will be from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Considerations for Forage Cover Crops after Hail in Corn and Soybean

July 9, 2018
If you were hit hard by hail and need to cover your fields, forage cover crops can provide an opportunity for haying or grazing as well as a protective plant layer. Plant selection is a key factor in successfully managing production.

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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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