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Hail damages crops – Click here for details

By Staff | Jun 19, 2009

Shredded corn stalks are all that remain on the 157-acre farm of Darrell and Karen Lutteke located about half a mile north of I-90 and about two miles east of the Highway 22 exchange south of Wells. The storm ripped through a narrow swath of farmland, including Richard Nehring’s farm at about 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 17. After only about seven minutes, the storm left ravaged crops and a bank of hail over six inches deep in Lutteke’s ditch. The hail was still in piles but melting when Karen Lutteke returned to her home at 11:45 a.m. The couple’s alfalfa field was also damaged by hail, but will recover, unlike the corn which has been declared a total loss.