Remember, the wounds on stems, leaves, and fruit of vegetable plants created by hail opens the plant up to fungal and bacterial infections. Hail, on most occasions, comes down in narrow streaks so one part of a field may be heavily damaged while another part may look completely untouched. For growers with operations who were hit with hail, goals to accomplish over the next few days is to carefully walk fields and assess the amount and severity of damage done. Growers should also carefully inspect for damage in any transplant trays that may have been hit.
Serious decisions will have to be made over the next few days as the consequences of the damage develop. In order to reduce the chances for bacterial and fungal infections, growers should consider apply a disinfectant, such as Oxidate or OLF, to transplants and plants already in the field. Remember, Oxidate must be applied by itself and should be used in between a standard protectant fungicide rotation which should include a copper in each application to reduce bacterial disease pressure. If transplants look to particularly poor, they may never recover properly and growers will have to decide if they should be transplanted or not.