Damaged cornfields may need another look

Northey and Naig
Bill Northey, USDA undersecretary for farm production and conservation, center; Mike Naig, Iowa agriculture secretary, right; and State Sen. Jeff Edler, second from right, address questions from farmers about storm-damaged crops during a listening session at the Heartland Co-op elevator in Elberon last week. The area, in eastern Tama County, was hit hard by the August 10 derecho. PHOTO / DIRCK STEIMEL

Bill Northey, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) undersecretary for farm production and conservation, and Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig last week urged Iowa farmers whose cornfields were severely damaged by the derecho to keep in close contact with their crop in­surance agents and adjusters to make certain the crop is still worth harvesting. 

“If you determine after trying to harvest that it’s not harvestable, it may still need to be zeroed out,” Northey said during a meeting with farmers at the Heartland Co-op location in the eastern Tama County town of Elberon, an...

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