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Hardin County crops shredded by hail


by John Wilmer

HARDIN COUNTY (KWWL) -- In rural Hardin County the damage is clear.  The storm broke out windows, tore grain binds apart, and shredded crops.  

Treasure Winther has spent the past two days helping her mom clean up her property.

"All the big trees in the back, most of them are leveled at the halfway point. All the items in my mom's garden were uprooted and just shredded so it kind of looked like coleslaw out there," said Winther.

Jolene Teske and her family took shelter in an interior bathroom during the storm.

"My husband felt a draft under the door, when he felt that he peaked out the door and saw hail balls flying from our dinning room to our office so we knew we lost at least one window," said Teske.

The Teske family farms in eastern Hardin County near their home. Official with the Iowa State Extension say 80,000 acres were impacted by the storm. Jolene says most of their crops are a total loss.

"The corns gone, it's been topped off and the beans are gone. It's just gone, we're just waiting for the claims adjuster to let us know what we need to do. We actually want to chop it for silage because we're not going to be able to harvest it but we're still waiting," Teske said.

Ag officials say there is some good news, most farmers have crop insurance. They say it's just too risky not to have it with the amount of money used in planting.

Recent warm weather and rain is helping keep the rest of Iowa's crops in good shape. Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says the majority of corn crops are in good or excellent condition. The oat harvest is 86 percent complete.



Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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