Farmers given options for storm-damaged crops

Cornstalks in this field just north of Clay Center were
damaged during an Aug. 1 storm.

CLAY CENTER — The hail and high winds that struck Clay County earlier this month left many producers unsure of what to do with nearly mature production crops now stripped of their leaves.

The Clay County extension office organized a town hall meeting the following week to discuss with producers options going forward such as turning damaged corn plants into silage and planting cover crops to protect soil nutrients.

"It pretty much was so severe I think people were realizing they had to do something different," said Todd Whitney, University of Nebraska-Lincoln extension educator for Hamilton County. "Keeping it and taking it to yield is probably not going to be an option for a lot of fields."

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