Straight-Line Winds Damage Crops, Bins

SE Nebraska Recovers From Triple-Digit High Winds, Big Hail

 

By Elaine Shein, Progressive Farmer/DTN

6/22/2022

 

WACO, Neb. (DTN) -- Under blue skies and rising heat and humidity June 16, Jeff Obermier, along with his son Brayden and their neighbors and friends, worked to get grain out of big bins now mostly topless and crumpled like tin cans. Next to trees with some of their tops sheared off and a shredded, twisted corn crop in the field, a line of semis waited to move the corn out.

 

"We're blessed with great neighbors and great friends that came over to help us out," Obermier said.

 

Like other farmers in southeast Nebraska, they were cleaning up after severe storms hit two days earlier, late on a Tuesday night, with hurricane-force winds in some areas. Some of Obermier's land got hit the hardest. His place is centered south about 6 miles from Utica and 6 miles from Waco, between I-80 and Highway 34 in southeast Nebraska.

 

"Tuesday evening, we got hail early and then straight-line winds later blew our crops down, hailed them out, tore roofs off six bins and flipped over a dozen irrigation systems for us," Obermier said.

 

Irrigation equipment may be tough to replace; several other places in the Midwest have reported pivots destroyed from the above-normal amount of severe wind reports this crop season. ()

 

"The insurance adjusters have come out and took pictures," said Obermier. "But with inflationary costs in the prices of the equipment, we don't know if our insurance values were up to date enough to even come close to compensate us for all the expenses we're going to do," he explained.

 

"They're a little bit delayed, you know, transportation and labor issues that we're having ... we're probably looking at about two months before we can get irrigation systems back up.

 

"That pretty much means that we'll be dryland until the middle of August."

 

PLANNING TO REPLANT ...

 

MULTIPLE STORMS ...

 

HURRICANE-STRENGTH WINDS, BIG HAIL ...

 

FARMERS HAD BEEN OPTIMISTIC ...  

 

MULTIPLE BINS GONE ... 

 

GENERATIONS OF FARMERS ...  

 

A HELPING HAND ...

 

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