AUDIO: Farmers checking for hail damage

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Aug 7, 2013 at 10:35 am

FOLEY, Minn. (KNSI) Central Minnesota farmers are scanning their fields today to see if Tuesday night's hail storms did any damage to their soon-to-be-harvested corn, soybean and wheat felds. 

Reports of one to two inch diameter hail were common across the region last night, with reports of nearly three-inch hail falling in the New London area. 

Univeristy of Minnesota Extension Agent Dan Martens says crop insurance can soften the loss, but says in most cases, it's designed to cover only the input costs associated with getting the crop into the ground. 

Martens says as strange as it sounds, larger hail might be better when it comes to limiting crop damage. He says when hail grows to baseball or softball-sized, there are usually far fewer stones that fall compared to when the hail is smaller. 

Martens says for farmers that are hailed out, their re-planting options are limited. It's too late to re-plant corn or soybeans. He says some farmers could turn to oats as a forage crop. 

Dan Martens says crop insurance will soften the blow for farmers who've been hailed out

Martens says when it comes to lessening crop damage, larger hail can actually be better

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