Thousands of acres of crops are damaged after a severe stormFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Thousands of acres of crops just west of Colfax are damaged tonight after severe storms rolled through the southern Valley.
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Thousands of acres of crops just west of Colfax are damaged tonight after severe storms rolled through the southern Valley.
Most, if not all the crops on a stretch of land, will be a total loss. A 3 mile band of storms with 65 to 85 mile per hour winds and golf ball size, if not bigger hail, has flattened corn fields and damaged soybeans. Farmers may not be able to make up for the loss.
Carrol Duerr - Colfax Farmers Elevator: "We wont know what comes out of this until weeks later, but right now it doesn't look very good at all."
Colfax Farmers Elevator General Manager Carrol Duerr says that corn was suppose to be harvested sometime in October. He says most, if not all of it, won't recover by then.
Carrol Duerr: "The hail stones hits the cobs, and bruises and damages those areas, so those areas wont produce anything. The kernels around it will be damaged kernels most of the time, and then again with the pollination, you can see the corn has quite a ways to go yet to finish itself to make corn out of this thing. So, with the tassels being gone, it's going to hurt our pollination and the ability to finish this cob out."
The storm didn't spare the soybean crop. The hail was so strong that it ripped the leaves right off the stems.
Carrol Duerr: "Blossoms on here or a few pods that were going to start, for it to generate anything there, I don't think it will have any energy left in itself to accomplish anything out of this at this point in time."
Each acre yields about 150 bushels. Duerr says without the much needed crop, farmers won't be the only ones hurting.
Carrol Duerr: "We miss out on this opportunity, not only for the growers to have that crop, but for us to handle that crop. It kind of takes away out total opportunity for everyone that's involved."
The hail didn't skip the Nelson's home in Walcott. The hail punctured hundreds of holes in the siding of the home.
Neil Nelson - Walcott: "It will have to be replaced, because it's just shot. It just knocked big holes in it."
The farmers are in the Nelson's thoughts, but they say they're just happy because things could always be worse.
Insurance adjusters were on several farm properties early this morning assessing the damage.