Iowa farmers assess losses after storm flattened cornfields

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Tens of millions of bushels worth of commercial grain storage and millions of bushels of on-farm grain storage were damaged or destroyed, said Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig. (Associated Press photo)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Farmers across much of Iowa are dealing with the heartbreaking aftermath of a rare wind storm that turned what was looking like a record corn crop into deep losses.

The storm slammed the Midwest with straight-line winds of up to 100 miles per hour on Monday, gaining strength as it plowed through Iowa farm fields, flattening corn and bursting grain bins still filled with tens of millions of bushels of last year’s harvest. Similar damage was reported in Indiana and Illinois. Before the storm, the U.S. Department of Agriculture had forecast a record national corn crop this year, of which Iowa was expected to provide about 18%.