Hail nearly wipes out some Plymouth County, IA crops
KINGSLEY, Iowa (KTIV) -
Farmers in Plymouth County, Iowa are keeping their fingers crossed that last Friday's hail storm didn't kill their crops.
"You start looking at things and you get really worried about what you're going to do,” said Kingsley, Iowa farmer David Henry.
The hail fell for more than 20 minutes, and all David Henry could do was watch.
"The corn looks tough, but I thought it would be ok. But, the beans, I thought they would be gone,” he recalled.
The hail virtually wiped out these plants, but what's key is that the cotyledon leaf remains, which means they soybeans can actually recoup.
“That's what basically keeps that plant alive,” Henry explained.
After thinking his crop was a goner, Henry learned 95% would likely be saved. Henry can see the line of damage left by the hail. Right over his property line... green soybeans in perfect condition.
"I got hit and I thought, 'I gotta start going to church more,” Henry joked.
Kingsley, Iowa Farmer Bill Langel's corn was damaged too.
"Stripped up,” described Langel.
However, Langel says the corn crop can bounce back. Soybeans are more fragile. Soybeans are more susceptible to hail, and often don't get the chance to grow back. However, they can be replanted.
It's too late to replant the corn crop, but they can be replaced with beans.
“This was a really good looking bean field,” said Langel, disappointed.
Keeping these tender plants alive will take extra care and cost.
“This is a bruise from a hail storm, and this is where disease will get in. Since the plants are damaged and bruised we're going to have to spray some fungicide. That's going to be about $20 an acre to do,” pointed out Langel.
It’s the price you pay when Mother Nature is boss.
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