CROP DAMAGE: Storms Impact On Harvest

Like many central Iowans, Rod Collins has plenty of tree limbs and branches to remove from his property.

The bigger mess is in his corn field.

“Some of this looks like it’s been combined it’s blown down so bad,” said Collins.

No machinery has been through.

The corn was flattened by seventy mile per hour winds.

It looks bad, but Collins says the ears on his plants are still good.

The hard part will be harvesting it as combines are built to bring in corn that’s standing up in rows, not lying down in dirt.

“I haven’t had the pleasure of combining anything quite this bad,” Collins told Channel 13 News.

Collins is in for a long fall, but Dave Miller, the director of research at Iowa Farm Bureau says the timing of this storm could have been worse.

“If you’re going to have seventy mile per winds, it’s less damaging now than it would have been in June,” said Miller.

That’s because crops are more likely to snap earlier in the season causing a farmer to lose the plant.

Collins may lose 10-20 percent of what’s in his field, but he says most can be salvaged.

The impact of this storm also could have been worse.

Only a small percentage of the state’s farms were hit by high winds.

That’s good news for everyone.

“A storm like last night, while damaging and problematic to the individual farmer that experienced it, this will have no effect on food prices or what you pay at the grocery store,” said Miller.

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