Up to half of Iowa's corn yield may be lost due to 'Derecho' Storm ...
On Aug 10, 2020 Monday evening, a violent, fast-moving thunderstorm complex known as derecho tore a 700-mile path from Nebraska to Indiana. Winds over 70 mph battered Chicago and more than 300,000 people were without power in northern Illinois as well as Iowa, the state hardest hit.
The destructive storm affected more than 10 million acres of Iowa’s corn and soybean crop, devastating farmers and capping off what has already been a difficult few years.
Up to 43 percent of the Iowa’s corn and soybean crop has suffered damage from the storms that brought gusting winds exceeding 100 miles per hour, a severe blow to a $10 billion industry that’s central to the Hawkeye State’s economy. Corn is typically harvested in Iowa between late September and mid-October. More WashPost here
8-10-20, DesMoinesRegister -- U.S. Dept of Agriculture reports that: "We saw the worst of the wind here in Iowa. "Nearly every acre of corn is affected in some way or another. Although Iowa's damaged soybean crop may still recover."
An ISU crop specialist reported that growers will have to decide within the next couple of weeks whether they will try to harvest the corn crop as forage to feed to animals, or if it's healthy enough to harvest for grain,
Yields for the damaged corn, he said, could be 100 to 150 bushels per acre. Iowa corn growers were expected to average 202 bushels per acre, a Department of Agriculture forecast Wednesday said. The report was based on conditions through Aug. 1, 2020. Many farmers will need to turn to insurance to help cover their losses. More here
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