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Siouxland farmers deal with crop damage

UNDATED (KTIV) - After parts of Siouxland were hit with large hail, and heavy rain, area farmers are assessing damage to their young crops.

A crop expert from ISU Extension said some farmers are in danger of losing some crops. Depending on the significance of the damage, farmers may still be able to replant damaged crops. The good news is that it's still early. "This isn't a great time of year to have this occur, but at least we can still make a decision and maybe salvage something yet," said Joel DeJong, ISU Extension Crop Specialist. "You know months from now, it's pretty much done, so right now we still have a chance to maybe salvage some crops out of it."

Rain is usually a welcome sight for farmers, but for farmers trying to recover from last weeks storms that may not be the case. "The weather conditions for recovery and assessment will be better if we warmed it up and we got past this rain spell, so we expect in the next couple of days, as it warms up, that we're going to see growth and development occur, and we'll be much better able to make a decision," said DeJong.

DeJong says crop insurance is always an option for badly damaged farmland.

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