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Farmer suffers from tornado's aftermath

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NEAR COLERIDGE, NE (KTIV) -

Five-hundred acres of Jim Miller's crop was completely wiped out from Tuesday night's tornado in Cedar County.

Miller said he had the potential to grow 200 bushels of corn on his farm, at $900 per acre this year, which is a large portion of his income. But, that isn't all he lost.

Five of his irrigation pivots are bent into twisted pieces of metal.

He said he's dealt with droughts and previous tornadoes, and all he can do now is focus on the future.

"There's no way to prepare for a tornado. It's part of the act of mother nature, and we just have to deal with what the good lord gives us. And, we learn how to cope with it, and deal with it, and we move on and plan for the future," Miller said.

Miller said he's thankful for the more than 70 volunteers who've already stepped up to help pick up the debris in his fields.

"We're very appreciative of all the volunteer help, and the people that come in from the surrounding communities and help out. It really said a lot for a rural community," Miller said.

Miller said it's too late to plant corn, but he plans to re-plant soybeans on all of his acres. He's concerned about corn herbicides left over in the fields harming the soybean crop's growth.

 

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