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Hail storm causes damage to crops across northeast Nebraska

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NORFOLK, NE (KTIV/US92) -

Last week's hail storm cause wide spread damage all across northeast Nebraska.

Some of the most severe damage was found on area farms.

Tom Schellpeper has been farming in the Stanton area since the early 1980's.

He says the damage caused by last week's hail storm was something he had never experienced before.

"Its the worst that I have ever seen. Some of the older gentleman in the neighborhood have said this one tops the 1964 hail storm," said Schellpeper.

Ping-pong size hail storms showered overtop Schellpeper's 500 acre farm, damaging nearly 60% of his corn and soybean crop.

Coupled with drought conditions the last two summers, he says he has gotten to know his crop insurance agent really well.

"Which is something we assume not do. It's a lot more fun to raise a good crop and sell it for a good price, rather than to rely on insurance. You obviously don't get as much per acre if you rely on insurance," said Shellpeper.

Schellpeper is insured by Summit Ag, which has locations in West Point and also in Norfolk.

The company's crop insurance specialist say the phone hasn't stopped ringing since the hail stop falling.

Jeff Dominisse, Summit Ag Crop Insurance Specialist said, "We have claims that came in north of Neleigh all the way down to basically the Iowa-Nebraska border. Just spread out that far."

In the last week, Summit Ag has had 150 claims filed between their two offices.

They range from light hail damage to farmers replanting part of their fields.

Schellpeper began replanting 250 acres of soybeans Wednesday afternoon.

As for his corn crop, he is going to let it go and see how it fares come harvest time.

It's getting awful late in the year to be doing corn. I don't have livestock so I don't have the option of grinding wet corn anything like that. We will probably just end up seeing what the corn does on its own," said Shellpeper.

Schellpeper says replanting this late in the year will delay the process by a month.

That will push the harvest season into the middle of October.

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