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Forum News Service, Published August 07 2013

Storms damage thousands of acres of crops west of Colfax

COLFAX, N.D. - Storms that rolled through the southern Red River Valley on Tuesday evening damaged thousands of acres of crops west of Colfax in Richland County.

A three-mile band of storms with 65- to 85-mph winds and golfball size hail flattened cornfields and damaged soybeans, and farmers may not be able to make up for the loss, according to a WDAY TV report.

"We won’t know what comes out of this until weeks later, but right now it doesn't look very good at all," said Carrol Duerr, general manager of Colfax Farmers Elevator.

Duerr said the corn was supposed to be harvested in October and that most, if not all, of it won't recover by then.

And the storm didn't spare the soybean crop. The hail was so strong, it ripped the leaves right off the stems.

Each acre yields about 150 bushels. Duerr said that without the much-needed crop, farmers won't be the only ones hurting.

"We miss out on this opportunity, not only for the growers to have that crop, but for us to handle that crop, it kind of takes away … opportunity for everyone that's involved," Duerr said.

Insurance adjusters were on several farm properties Wednesday morning assessing the damage.