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Panhandle crops spared by recent hail storms

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Some ag-experts are saying there is a plus-side to all the hail and rain we've been having in the panhandle recently.
UNL Extension Educator Jim Schild says thunderstorms are typical for western Nebraska this time of year.

He says the amount of damage to crops has been minimal compared to cars and homes, and most of the hail that planters have received has been falling straight down without wind.

He says the real damage to crops comes when you have a mixture of hail and wind.
"The hail storms that really cause us the most problems are the pea-sized hail that have a lot of wind behind them. That type of hail acts like a mower and goes in and just mows everything off at the ground level."
Schild went onto say that the soil moisture has been really good the last month with all the rain.
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