Randy Guill, director of the Madison County Farm Service Agency, says most of the larger hail was in Norfolk and the northern part of the county with pea- to marble-sized hail in the Battle Creek area.
“We’re hoping that there won’t be a lot of crop damage,” Guill says. “We could see a lot of property damage as far as buildings, machinery, automobiles, things like that.”
It will take some time for a full assessment of the damage from the large hail, especially to some of the crops. Some farmers may have to replant, he says, but likely not too many.
“The crops weren’t real large right now,” he says. “Some of them, if they were just bent over and were not broken off or anything, some of that crop, I’m looking for it to be able to come back up.”
Guill says the storm left water standing in some fields though he expects those crops to recover as the water quickly drains off.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton/Photo by Karla James