Iowa farmers devastated after derecho damages 14 million acres of farmland, grain bins
Iowa farmers warn of looming crisis after powerful storm wipes out 14 million acres of crops
Iowans still cleaning up two weeks after storm stretching over 700 miles caused over $3 billion in damages; Douglas Kennedy reports.
Iowa farmers say it will be a massive undertaking to recover from a hurricane-force storm that damaged an estimated 14 million acres of farmland earlier this month.
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On Aug. 10, a dangerous wind event known as a derecho tore through Iowa with wind gusts of up to 140 mph, devastating thousands of farms.
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The farmland lost to the storm included 8.7 million acres of corn and 5.3 million acres of soybean, Lance Lillibridge, of the Iowa Corn Growers Association, told Fox News.
Even though over half the state’s corn has been affected, Lillibridge said the greater problem is the widespread damage to storage bins, a situation he described as a looming natural disaster that could affect the nation’s food supply.
“The chance of getting new bins built in a timely manner before harvest is slim to absolutely none,” he said.