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Frost Damage Due to Hail and Hail Damage to Corn


Hail that accumulates with out destroying the stalk of soybeans, corn and drybeans may freeze the growing point. If no new growth appears with 5 days and the growing point is dark and soft, the plant has been killed.

Corn will tolerate total defoliation and regrow if the growing point is intact. Stalk bruising and rain splash will cause more stalk disease and smuts to occur. Lodged corn should recover. Some "goose necking" of lodged plants can occur but is usually not serious. Maturity delays depend on defoliation damage and temperatures throughout the season. Continued warm weather will minimize maturity delays.