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NW Farm Damage

NW Farm Damage

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Published by: Jason Lawrence on Nov 30, 2011
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Jason LawrenceSports EditorHeadline: Northwest farm suffers damage in $300,000 rangeAll of Maryville woke up to damage Friday morning, but not everyone suffered asseverely as R.T. Wright University Laboratory Farm."I hate to use the word impressive, but it is impressive as to what the wind andhail did," said Dr. Jamie Patton, associate professor of soil science in theDepartment of Agriculture. "It looks bad, but we're counting ourselves lucky. Itcould have been worse."The chicken facility suffered the worst structural damage of all of the farmbuildings. The storm tore off most of the south-facing roof."Luckily there were no chickens in there," Patton said. "We had just sent outchickens a few days ago, so the barn was empty, which was really lucky."Many of the other covered facilities, including the composting facility and sowcoverings, had roofs torn off and metal support beams bent.Patton and farm manager Jim Husz estimated $100,000 in infrastructure damagealone.Most of the crops were destroyed by the high winds, which according to theMissouri State Highway Patrol's website reached between 70 and 80 miles perhour, and hail that accompanied the storm Thursday night.Patton said the destroyed soybean and corn crops were not yet mature enoughto be used as grain."It was basically a loss, so we're going to go back in as soon as we can and chopit," Patton said. "We can use it as feed if we can get out into the fields, butunfortunately I've heard anywhere from about 2.5 to 5 inches of rain, so we won'tbe out in the fields for a while."Husz said the storm damaged "upward of $200,000 to $250,000 worth of crops,"but that all depends on what the crop insurance adjuster will settle before it willbe known how much of a loss the farm takes."With any luck we should come out fairly well on the corn crop insurance as longas everything comes out right, but rarely do you get ahead that way," Husz said."The beans, kind of the same situation. But in all reality, we'll probably just barelybreak even on those."Soybeans were used as a cash crop to help pay for various farm expenses, whilethe corn crop was used as feed for the farm's livestock."Our biggest setback is going to be ration formulation and feeding the livestock,"Husz said.In addition, the horticulture greenhouses suffered significant hail damage and allof the small gardens, containing cucumbers, watermelons and tomatoes, amongother crops, were destroyed.The focus for Husz and his staff is getting back to normal farm operations.

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