Iowa ag secretary takes aerial tour of crop-damaged areas


Iowa ag secretary takes aerial tour of crop-damaged areas

Iowa Ag Secretary Mike Naig took an aerial tour Monday of some of the areas hit hardest by last week’s derecho storm.

Naig says they flew between Highway 30 and Interstate 80 from Des Moines to Cedar Rapids and back.

“What struck me today was that, even in some of those areas where I didn’t necessarily expect to see significant damage, we could still see that there was corn blown over. There’s absolutely stand issues,” Naig says. “There’s just a lot of fields that have experienced damage.”

Naig says the extensive damage to grain storage was also evident from the air.  He estimates upwards of 50 to 60 million bushels worth of commercial storage was destroyed or seriously damaged.

“And I think it’s safe to assume that we’ve probably got an equal amount of on-farm storage that has been destroyed or very, very seriously damaged.”

Naig’s department says about 3.6 million acres of corn and 2.5 million acres of soybeans were located in the 36 counties most impacted by the storm.

“Getting up in the air and being able to see for miles, it’s hard to get your head around the scale of the destruction and the damage that we’ve seen,” Naig says.

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