Last weekend was certainly an eventful week in terms of weather across the state. Unfortunately, in several of those heavy rainfall areas hail also occurred, adding a whole new dimension to crop injuries. Along with the flooded fields that will reduce plant stands, the damage caused to the plant by hail will also have to be considered when making replant decisions. Corn and soybean differ in their ability to tolerate hail damage and to compensate for reduced stands. For both crops, however, it is essential to make good estimations of plant health and accurate stand counts in order to determine the need for replanting.
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De Bruin, Jason and Pedersen, Palle, "Hail injury to corn and soybean" (2004). Integrated Crop Management News. 1535.
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