Crop Tour Finds Healthy Nebraska Corn Despite Hail Damage

August 21, 2018 10:24 AM
 
Fifty crop scouts kicked off the second day of the western leg of the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour in Hamilton County and York County, Neb. So far, they’re impressed with the corn’s potential.

Fifty crop scouts kicked off the second day of the western leg of the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour in Hamilton County and York County, Neb. So far, they’re impressed with the corn’s potential.

“It’s very good yields, very mature corn,” says Brent Judisch, a farmer from Cedar Falls, Iowa. “It’s in full dent and moving along rather nicely.”

At full dent, the crop is about one week to 10 days more mature than normal, which could lead to a slightly early harvest in parts of Nebraska. Plus, hail could add pressure for farmers to get crops out of the field early before disease sets in and weakens the stalks.

“The hail damage we saw today is very minor, it hasn’t done much to the crop,” Judisch says. “The crop is still standing, I think it’s probably not going to be a factor as long as they get the crop out when it’s ready.”

Diligent scouting might be in order for hail-damaged fields in Nebraska. For this particular area, however, yield likely won’t be affected because the storm came later in the season.

“On the four stops we had two had hail damage,” Judisch explains. “But even on those two there were good yield. [The hail] probably won’t hurt much.”

As scouts wade into fields they’re finding healthy crops with less leaf disease than in years past, the biggest difference is maturity. Stay tuned for more Pro Farmer Crop Tour updates throughout today as scouts make their way through Nebraska (western) and Indiana (eastern).

 

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Craig
Kearney, NE
8/22/2018 06:25 AM
 

  This report follows my observations. We had one of the most uniform crops that I could ever remember-until it was hailed. My farm is in a tight geographic area, so every field was hit by the hail. Beans were hit the worst, with some it will be a harvest time decision as to whether or not it pays to harvest them. A lot of the corn probably lost at least 20% of its yield potential. Hopefully insurance will come through to prevent too big of an economic hit.

 
 
Zagnut
Eastern, NE
8/22/2018 07:27 AM
 

  Wonder how much the crop tour will discount overall yields due to the hail or if they'll exclude the hailed areas.

 
 

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