As Pro Farmer Crop Tour scouts make their way through Nebraska, they found three distinct paths damaged by hail. It’s not extremely widespread, but the damage will likely lead to increased risk of disease.
“[It doesn’t all look like this] but we were driving by and saw that there’s been a stretch here of a bunch of hail damage and wanted to get an idea of when this happened,” says Emily Carolan, Pioneer agronomist on the tour. “There’s kernels out here and there is still some green mass out here, but this hailstorm was so bad that it even took the husks right off some of these ears.”
From what they’ve found, full fields were destroyed by these hailstorms. One stretches from central Madison County down to just north of Columbus, another that runs diagonal from east of St. Paul down to Central City and the third stretch in the northern third of York County over into Seward County.
“Obviously it’s not just the corn that’s feeling the damage,” says AgriTalk Host Chip Flory. “When you look at what it’s done to the soybeans obviously you’ve got damage to the tops of the plants, but maybe the most important thing to look at is just how far along these beans were when the hail came.”
He’s seeing a considerable amount of bruising and lost leaf matter in soybeans as a result of the hail storm. Because of this stress, Flory expects stem and other diseases because the plant has been exposed to the environment.
In addition to hail it appears Nebraska has had adequate rainfall, according to Carolan. “The grass is really green around here in spots where we normally don’t see pastures as full as what they are right now. I think we are going to find some pretty good yields out here in northeast Nebraska.”
Flory echoes that sentiment, “If they didn’t get the hail things are looking pretty good out here in Northeast Nebraska.”