AMES, Iowa – The derecho that swept across Iowa Aug. 10 caused damage that will plague Iowans this fall and possibly into the new year.
About 14 million acres of insured crops were affected, according to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. That includes 8.2 million acres of corn and 5.6 million acres of soybeans, spread across 57 Iowa counties.
The crops team with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is compiling helpful resources that cover topics such as safety and well-being, evaluating crops, grain storage, silage options, and much more.
Current resources include information on:
- How to assess the extent of crop damage and what producers can reasonably expect going forward.
- How to inspect wind-damaged grain bins and make decisions on whether to repair or replace.
- Whether corn that was intended for grain can be harvested for silage and the harvest and storage considerations required.
- Mental health and suicide prevention through Iowa Concern.
The list is being updated as cleanup continues, and as specialists continue to assess the immediate and long-term impacts of the storm.