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Farm Photo: Hail Damage to Local Farms

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May 23, 2008

Photos by Debbie Roos, Agricultural Extension Agent.

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These specialty melon transplants were scheduled to be planted the week of the storm. Time will tell if they will survive.

melon transplants

sugar snap peas

Bulb fennel (left) and sugar snap peas (right). The peas were a total loss.

sugar snap peas

Damage to sugar snap peas. These were just ready to be harvested.

sugar snap peas

Damage to sugar snap peas. These are edible pod peas, but even the peas inside were bruised.

beans

These snap beans actually came through with minimal damage.

sweet corn

This sweet corn crop was already tasseling but many tassels were broken off which means fertilization won’t occur.

sweet corn

Another sweet corn field.

sweet corn

Flattened sweet corn.

sweet corn

sweet corn

More sweet corn. In the first weeks of growth, the growing point of corn lies below the soil surface. The growing point eventually grows above the soil surface when the corn plant is about a foot tall. That means that plants may bounce back if their growing point was still underground.
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