Extension News

ISU Extension Web Site Offers Management Options for Hail Damaged Crops

8/5/2009

AMES, Iowa -- ISU Extension set up a hail damage Web page this week, responding to the information needs of Iowa producers dealing with hail and wind damaged crops. The Web page is part of ISU Extension’s Disaster Recovery site at www.extension.iastate.edu/disasterrecovery/.

The severe hail storm that hit northeast Iowa July 24 left behind a six-county strip of major crop issues. “The storm caused damage over approximately 400,000 crop acres, with at least one-tenth of this acreage receiving around 100 percent yield loss,” said Brian Lang, ISU Extension field agronomist. 

Other recent storm events have caused damage to smaller pockets of crops across Iowa.  The storm damage is occurring at a time in the growing season when there are few options.  Lang says, producers have some difficult decisions to make regarding the remaining crops.

Information related to assessing crop damage, emergency forage, salvaging a hail damaged crop, foliar fungicide and hail damage, silage harvest issues, and grain harvest issues are available on the Web page.  Additional information will be posted as harvest approaches.

“This Web page provides information that will help crop producers understand the options they have from this point in the growing season on,” said Lang. “After the crop has been assessed by crop and hail insurance adjusters, some fields may be replanted to an emergency forage – depending on the spring herbicide program used.”

Northeast Iowa producers will also have the option to take advantage of a crisis exemption for the use of Gramoxone Inteon herbicide, to help dry down high moisture immature corn plants damaged by the July 24 hail and wind storm. The Section 18 Crisis Exemption label is available until 12 midnight, Aug. 17. A copy of the exemption label, which is a letter from Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey that must be retained by the applicator, is available on the ISU Extension Hail Damage Web page.

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Contacts :

Brian Lang, field agronomist, (563) 382-2949, bjlang@iastate.edu

Willy Klein, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0662, wklein@iastate.edu