Farmers Grapple with Crop Damage from Hailstorm

June 18, 2015 01:16 PM
Farmers Grapple with Crop Damage from Hailstorm

Farmer Ron Dannenberg is taking the loss of 1,000 acres of wheat, barley and alfalfa from Tuesday's hailstorm in stride.

The Billings Gazette reports the National Weather service received accounts of golf-ball sized hail in Rapelje, about 50 miles northwest of Billings.

The weather service on Wednesday evening also reported a separate storm cell 160 miles east of Billings in Broadus dropping balls of hail measuring up to two inches in diameter.

The Rapelje storm slacked off as it headed east, avoiding Billings but hitting surrounding areas.

Dannenberg says hail has taken out a substantial portion of his crops before, and that insurance will cover most of his losses this time.

Stacy Fox has a farm about 20 miles southwest of Billings. He estimated 80 to 100 acres of corn were lost along with some alfalfa and wheat.

Have you seen any hail in your area? What do your crops look like? Send us a photo or leave a comment on AgWeb's Crop Comments section.

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Phil Ellerbroek
Sioux Falls, SD
6/19/2015 10:22 AM

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