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June 15 hail damage meeting set in Kandiyohi County

Hail hammered crops in Minnesota's Kandiyohi County last summer. Now it's happened again -- and University of Minnesota Extension officials and others want to help affected farmers better understand their options.

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Hail Sunday morning at a Willmar residence. Photo submitted to West Central Tribune by Sue Rucks.

Hail hammered crops in Minnesota's Kandiyohi County last summer. Now it's happened again - and University of Minnesota Extension officials and others want to help affected farmers better understand their options.

This year, bad weather entered the county early June 11 in the Raymond and Pennock areas and traveled east through Willmar. It continued eastward along Kandiyohi County Road No. 23 before exiting the county just south of Atwater, according to information from the Kandiyohi County Farm Service Agency office.

Though it's too late to replant corn for grain purposes, there's still time to replant soybeans. Some corn fields can't be replanted to beans because of previously applied herbicides, but most of the bean fields could be replanted. Farmers must decide now whether their damage is severe enough to warrant replanting, the county FSA office says.

To help farmers make that decision, an information meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 15, at the Pennock Community Center. Dave Nicolai, a University of Minnesota Extension educator, and other extension officials will attend. So will representatives from the Heritage Insurance Agency.

For more information, contact Kandiyohi County FSA at 320-235-3540 or mnwillmar-fsa@one.usda.gov

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