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If you experienced hail damage in the recent storm, you will find many helpful resources on this website: https://cropwatch.unl.edu/hailknow .  You will find information on assessing the damage, steps to take, and potential for regrowth.


Check out the Nemaha County Agricultural Resources webpage for more information.  Besides newsletters & articles written by Nemaha County Extension Educator, Gary Lesoing, you can find farmer's tax information, Nebraska Farm Real Estate Market Highlights, Nebraska trends in farmland values, rental rates and custom rates.  You can also find information on pesticide certification, seed guides, grain storage management and more.

The 2022 Nebraska Custom Rates Report is now available on the Center for Agricultural Profitability’s website, at https://cap.unl.edu/customrates. The biennial publication reports on survey data gathered on custom operations and services in Nebraska, providing updated market rates and information for custom work providers and their potential customers.
With some crops being replanted in areas where there was hail damage, newly seeded crops are just coming up and susceptible to insect damage. As we move through the summer, older soybeans are also susceptible to insect pests. It is just important to scout fields periodically to monitor new infestations of pests. Also, CropWatch, https://cropwatch.unl.edu/ is a good resource for information on current crop conditions in Nebraska.
In recent years, with excellent prices for organically grown crops, many convention farmers that were growing commodity crops became interested in organic production of commodity crops, i.e. corn soybeans, and wheat, along with forage crops like alfalfa and food crops. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released this information.

The severe thunderstorm that swept through southeast Nebraska left a swath of significant damage to crops and property last week. Nebraska Extension has a number of resources on hail damage and a team that put this information together following hailstorms in 2014. After the storm last week, the most important thing for farmers to do was assess all their fields (drive, walk, and make a list) and understand the insurance policy they have and report damage to their crop insurance agent. It has been over a week since the storm so the chance for crop recovery can be better determined.