High Wind, Heavy Rain Leave Fields Damaged

By: Morgan Demmel Email
By: Morgan Demmel Email

High winds and heavy rain hit much of central Nebraska over the holiday weekend, leaving farmers with lots of clean-up work.

Near Wood River, wind ripped through fields, overturning dozens of pivots.

Hall County Emergency Management Director Jon Rosenlund says his department received numerous reports of wind damage from trees, pivots and trailers. Rosenlund says some of those even blocked roads.

"Dispatch sent out a number of folks to manage that traffic until they were able to remove that," Rosenlund says.

Parts of Adams and Webster counties also had several reports of overturned pivots, with 14 reported near Blue Hill.

Along with the wind, came heavy rain and hail.

Rosenlund says parts of Hall County received more than two inches of rain, but he says that's not enough to cause significant damage to crops. He says most areas of damage were caused by wind or hail.

Some Nebraska farmers will have to replant after storms brought tornadoes and hail -- but also some much needed rain.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in Tuesday's report that most of the corn has emerged, and 79 percent of the crop is good or excellent conditions.

Soybean planting is 93 percent complete. The average is 77 percent.

Last week's heaviest rain fell in the central and northeast regions.

Even with the rain, 52 percent of the topsoil and 54 percent of the subsoil is very short or short.

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