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Minnesota meeting will provide advice about storm-damaged crops

WILLMAR, Minn. -- Help is available for area farmers who suffered crop loss from hail and wind in storms last week. A free, public meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Damhof Dairy Farm near Willmar where crop specialists from the Unive...

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WILLMAR, Minn. - Help is available for area farmers who suffered crop loss from hail and wind in storms last week.

A free, public meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Damhof Dairy Farm near Willmar where crop specialists from the University of Minnesota Extension service will provide research and options for action.

Most corn was a week or two away from tasseling and soybean crops were also well-advanced when the storm hit.

The result was broken and bruised stalks, dislodged roots and leaf loss from wind and hail, said University of Minnesota Extension Educator Dave Nicolai.

Yields will depend on the type and severity of damage and the maturity of crops, he said.

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It's too late to replant corn because it wouldn't reach maturity before the first killing frost, said Nicolai, adding that although soybeans could be replanted the yield would be less than half of crops planted during the normal planting time.

At the meeting, Nicolai will discuss how to assess hail and wind damage to corn and the potential for recovery and University of Minnesota Extension Soybean Specialist Seth Naeve will provide research data regarding soybean recovery and the planting of soybeans in July following hail.

Liz Stahl, a University of Minnesota Extension Educator will present information about alternative crops, weed control and the use of cover crops.

The meeting, which is hosted by the University of Minnesota Extension and the Kandiyohi County Farm Service Agency, will be held at the Damhof Dairy Farm located seven miles south of Willmar on U.S. Highway 71, or 3.5 miles north of the junction of U.S. Highway 71 and state Highway 7.

The University of Minnesota Extension has also produced an in-depth replanting guide for corn and soybeans that's available on-line at  " target="_blank">blog-crop-news.extension.umn.edu.

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