Storms Hurt Crops

Hail and wind gusts that wouldn't really damage your house can cause significant damage to crops. That is what happened to a field in Stephenson County last week.

Wind gusts blew down a shed and also blew down an entire field of corn. Between hail and strong wind gusts anywhere between five and 25 percent of the crop was destroyed.

The hail shredded leaves and left scars on the corn stalks. One area of soybeans was so damaged that only a leaf or two was left on each plant. Wounds left from hail stones will make the field more susceptible to infestation and disease.

Aerial views of the field reveled that over one hundred thirty acres of crops were damaged. More precipitation, in the form of rain, not hail, should help the healing process.