Some Farmers Replanting After Hail Storm
by Jeff Rusack, Reporter
June 28, 2013 5:51 PM
Storms this summer have been plenty destructive throughout some parts of South Dakota and Minnesota, destroying homes and businesses. But, along with strong straight line winds, hail has caused problems. And that has some farmers dealing with damaged corn and soybean fields.
Hail will pack a punch to homes and cars, but the hail that fell last week, also shredded through dozens of fields.
“This one will probably grow. This one is iffy. These, we don't know what any of these 4, 5 or 6 are going to do,” said Joel Brandt about his damaged Corn Plants.
His corn field in Clear Lake took a beating.
“I'm going to guess there's probably about 70 % loss in here,” guessed Brandt.
Brandt's soy beans are feeling the effects too. Workers on his farm unload a new batch of seeds to get ready to replant.
“If they've got a lot of acres and only a few got hailed on, well then it makes sense to replant to try to get more beans because crop insurance really won't pay for it,” said Brandt.
But, it's too late in the season to start replanting damaged corn.
“You can get by with some population missing in the beans and you can still get pretty decent yields. Corn, when you start knocking out population and start taking out 35% to 50% of your plants you're going to see it in your yield loss,” said Brandt.
Normally these young crops would be able to stand up to the quarter sized hail. But, the storm brought more than just hail.
“Hail with wind is terrible. It just sandblasts the corn,” said Brandt.
“To be honest I'd rather have big chunks of hail. It comes straight down so you don't get as many of them and you can get by with not much damage at all,” said Brandt.
For now the Brandt's keep working, knowing every year brings something new.
“Last year there was the drought and this year it was the little later planting and dealing with getting crops. It's just a risk out there. It's just one of the many risks you have,” said Brandt.
A crop cut short, but work rolls on in Clear Lake.