September 21, 2014

Estimates on crop damage from tornadoes/winds still unknown

The violent, widespread storm that blasted across parts of Nebraska, South Dakota and Iowa on Friday did more than just tornado damage. Many crops were also flattened.

Brian Bowers is a crop insurance agent with State National Insurance in Wayne, where he says corn crops took the brunt and many fields are littered with debris.

“I’m sure there’s some hail damage, there wasn’t a lot of hail but most of it would be right where that destructive wind went,” Bowers says. “There’s some crops down.” Bowers says growers across the region will want to record their losses.

“Most of the crops are mainly going to be on the multiple peril crop insurance where it’s going to be all on yield and price,” Bowers says. “They just need to keep track of the yield that comes off of it and what it yields as far as bushels per acre on each farm.”

Bowers says total damage and payout information won’t be known until after the harvest, at least month from now.

By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton