AWC - Funded Research

Crop Management Decisions in Hail Damaged Crops

Principle Investigator: Ken Coles, Farming Smarter Association

AWC contribution: $180,000

Summary:

Hail damage crop losses vary depending on intensity, timing and spatial extent in terms of growth stages of the affected crops. This 3 year research project proposes to identify wheat’s response to simulated hail damage at different growth stages, estimate potential benefits of using fungicides and nutrient blends, and identifying potential management practices that improve crop growth, harvestability, and yield after hail damage.

Objectives:

To provide farmers who experience hail crop damage insight for the many management decisions available for crop recovery. This project will investigate:

  1. Wheat crop response to simulated hail damage at different growth stages
  2. Potential benefits of fungicides and nutrient blends on cereal crops damaged with simulated hail events at various growth stages
  3. Identify potential management practices that improve crop growth, harvestability and yield after hail damage.
  4. Benefit to producers: Providing farmers with local and applicable information to recover crops from hail damage.

Read more about this project in Farming Smarter's online magazine