Hail can severely damage the large succulent leaves of a tobacco
plant. However, tobacco has a substantial
ability to compensate for leaf loss. As long as the tobacco has time for this compensation to occur, yields may not
be drastically reduced. The closer to harvest that hail occurs, the more yield will be reduced. Bacterial soft root
can be a problem, but is not as bad as in tobacco that has blown over. Quality will be affected to some extent due to
the tattered leaves.
(Photo submitted by Brittany Edelson)