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How to Handle Hail Damage to your Hybrids

Categories: GROWING, CORN
Photo source:Joe Lauer, University of Wisconsin College of Agricultural & Life Sciences.

One-third of hail storms occur from June to September, during prime corn growing time. As a result, these 3 months are when the greatest corn loss from hail occurs, according to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Check your corn crop after a hail storm as the leaf loss area, pictured right, can have several side effects.

 Reactive and proactive management approaches alike can lessen the impact of hail damage to your corn crop. Reactively, determine which growth stage your corn is at when it hailed. How much leaf and plant damage occurred helps estimate yield loss. If your crop experiences hail stress, fungicides can aid in water and nutrient uptake, stalk quality and disease protection.

Although reactive practices can help minimize hail injury, it’s always better to be proactive. Choosing corn hybrids that mature faster enables the crop to advance growth stages more quickly, and therefore have a better chance of withstanding hail.
But when hail hits during reproductive corn stages, it’s critical to scout for damaged ears. By checking corn for crushed kernels, you can calculate yield loss for all acreage hurt by hail. 

If you live in an area that regularly receives hail, be proactive and use the Golden Harvest online product finder to select hybrids with earlier relative maturities. Contact your Golden Harvest Seed Advisor with questions or for additional agronomic insights.

Photo source: Joe Lauer, University of Wisconsin College of Agricultural & Life Sciences

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