Farmers: know how to respond to hail damage

July 9 hail damage 10 miles west of Hemingford (corn).
July 19, 2021

Lincoln, Neb. —In the aftermath of the severe hail (on July 9 in Box Butte County and elsewhere in the area this summer), farmers in the affected areas need to notify their insurance agent of damage. Producers must receive written permission from the insurance company to replant, abandon, or destroy a crop.

When evaluating hail damage in row crop it is critical to wait 7-10 days to allow the crop to respond for proper evaluation.

An important resource is the “Hail Know” web site from the University of Nebraska: (

This site discusses the hailstorm, how to assess damage, handling the insurance, decision making surrounding replanting, managing crop recovery, and considering the potential or value of a cover crop.