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Recent storms destroy hundreds of thousands of crop acres


FAYETTE COUNTY (KWWL) -- Recent heavy storms have devastated hundreds of thousands of acres of corn and beans in eastern Iowa. In two weeks, two storms have hit roughly 50% of all crops in Fayette County.

Estimates just in Fayette County alone indicate between 250 and 330 thousand acres were hit in Friday nights storm. Officials say more than 30 thousand acres of crops have been destroyed in that county.

Don Durscher's farm was one hit, all crops gone.

"Golf ball sized hail, and I knew things were gone before we could even see out," Durscher said.

Jim Grimes rents the land, farming corn and beans.

"I got a call from my landlord Don, and he says, you better come over, it doesn't look pretty, and we came over, and it doesn't look pretty. It was just totally gone," Grimes said.

"Sometimes when you get hail, it's localized, but this was a wide swarth that kindof went throughout the northeast corner of the county and wreaked havoc," Emergency Management Coordinator Mike McCloud said.

"I was born here. I've seen this, a few stones a few times, but never anything like this. It was unbelievable," Durscher said.

Luckily, Grimes invested in crop insurance.

"You can sleep better at night with crop insurance when something like this happens. Get something out of it," Grimes said.

Get something though not close to the profit if the crop was harvested.

"This year was a perfect stand, and it just looked so good Friday noon," Durscher said.

A year of work destroyed in ten minutes, with nothing to do but wait for insurance and estimates.

"We're not in the boat alone. There's a lot of people with us in the same boat. Nothing we can do, but wait until next year i guess," Grimes said.

Local emergency management coordinators are working with state officials to try and get a disaster proclamation for the areas affected. County officials are still waiting for official damage numbers and estimates before recovery assistance could happen.

Online Reporter:  Jamie Grey

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