Storm destroys cornfields in Platte and Boone counties

Farmers in Boone and Platte counties are reacting after Wednesday’s strong storms brought hail damage to the area.

Severe weather in the past couple weeks has damaged crops as powerful winds, hail, and rain moved through eastern Nebraska.

According to Steve Nelson, a storm moving from southwest of Petersburg came through Platte and Boone County, causing plenty of damage to his farm.

“We had some hail about an inch diameter that came down for about twenty minutes and did some damage,” said Nelson. “Then about nine o’clock last night, another storm came up from the southwest. It was dark then and I couldn’t really see what size hail, but that seemed to shred the crops up a little more.”

Roughly 10 to 15 percent of Nelson’s corn and soybeans, were damaged. He’s hopeful that hail insurance can cover some of his losses.

“I was in contact with my hail insurance agent and he is getting in touch with the adjuster to come up and look at it. I don’t think we will have to replant any, there will just be after some losses we get compensated from that,” concluded Nelson.

According to AccuWeather, no storms are expected for the next few days in Boone and Platte counties.

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