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Hailstorm ruins some area beans

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Farmers in western Iowa are hearing a sound they'd rather avoid - "pop."

It's the sound of soybeans springing from their pods, an aftereffect of a hail storm that smacked parts of western Iowa on Sunday afternoon.

For some, like farmer Eric O'Connell, the damage could end up costing thousands of dollars.

"You hear that?" asked O'Connell, standing in one of his fields three miles east of Anthon. "Those are soybeans. The pods are popping open and the soybeans are falling off."

O'Connell estimates that damage he suffered across 400 acres of farmland will cost him tens of thousands of dollars. It's the result of the storm, which swept quickly west to east, affecting farms in several Northwest Iowa counties, including Woodbury, Ida, Sac, Buena Vista and Plymouth. The heaviest hail in the area hit around Odebolt, but some isolated spots of rural Storm Lake are also reporting damages.

This week, crop adjusters are expected to flock to Storm Lake and other northwest Iowa communities to estimate the damage brought by the storm.

Beans that can't be gathered by combine could go to waste in the field, ruining farmer's hopes for a bumper crop of $10 beans.

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