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Published July 08, 2010, 07:58 AM

Hail causes area crop damage

Some Brule County farmers could be facing crop losses of 20 percent to 100 percent from hail that struck that area Tuesday night.
Dime- to golf-ball-size hail pelted crops in a large, spotty area, said Jim Anderson, Brule/Buffalo County Farm Service Agency executive director.
The worst damage occurred south of Chamberlain, near Pukwana and south toward the Charles Mix and Aurora county lines, he said.

By: Melanie Brandert, The Daily Republic

Some Brule County farmers could be facing crop losses of 20 percent to 100 percent from hail that struck that area Tuesday night.

Dime- to golf-ball-size hail pelted crops in a large, spotty area, said Jim Anderson, Brule/Buffalo County Farm Service Agency executive director.

The worst damage occurred south of Chamberlain, near Pukwana and south toward the Charles Mix and Aurora county lines, he said.

As of Wednesday morning, Anderson had received reports from 10 to 15 farmers. Crop insurance agents told him they already had been contacted by 25 to 35 producers.

“Some (farmers) said it hailed for five minutes. Some said it hailed for 20 minutes,” Anderson said. “It didn’t go one-mile-wide by five-mileslong and pound everything.”

The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls received four reports of a tornado Tuesday. One briefly touched down 10 miles southeast of Chamberlain, and there were two brief touchdowns 13 miles northwest of Platte. A rain-wrapped tornado was reported nine miles northwest of Harrison and four miles northwest of Corsica.

Hail was reported near Chamberlain, Pukwana, Kimball, Platte and Harrison, according to the NWS.

Most of the damage in Brule County occurred to corn and soybeans, with some wheat knocked down, Anderson said.

“The weird part is they’d have little areas (of damage) within them, and it’s not a normal swath of hail we normally see because this was swirling,” he said of fields.

Anderson anticipated that most corn and soybeans would likely recover from the damage.

Vicky Olsen, who lives 9.5 miles north of Platte, said she and her husband, Steve, had pea- to marble-size hail that stripped some leaves off soybeans.

“Most of it will all come back,” she said.

Olsen said her husband spoke with a neighbor who had windows broken and siding damaged on a farmhouse, with some crop damage.

Given what occurred there, Olsen said she was grateful the damage at their farm was minimal.

“It’s always good to not have your house ruined,” she said.

Some hail damage was reported in Douglas County, said Owen Fagerhaug, acting Douglas County FSA executive director. Reports came from four miles west of Corsica and one mile northeast of Corsica as of early Wednesday afternoon.

Because he also works as Aurora County’s FSA director, he was unable to survey the damage until today.

Neal Moad, Douglas County emergency manager, said he spotted minor damage to corn with stripped leaves between Harrison and New Holland and east of Corsica.

Katheryn Benton, Brule/Buffalo County emergency manager, said Wednesday she received no new reports of damage.

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