NMSU Uses Simulated Storms to Study Crop Damage From Hail

Hailstorms can cause extensive damage to broadleaf crops. Affected farmers need accurate guidance about how to salvage the situation; is it better to the plow the damaged crop under and start over, or will the plants make a comeback?

Israel Calsoyas at New Mexico State University College of Agriculture manages a project that is gathering this information by studying chile peppers. Calsoyas’ experiment simulates hailstorms by blasting plants with water during three different stages of the plants’ growth. This will reveal how farmers can better understand the impact of hail on their crops during different parts of the season and make more informed decisions to maximize yields.

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