Hail, heavy rains whip crops across southern Iowa

Farmers in southwest and south-central Iowa spent late last week assessing damage to crops, equipment and farm buildings after a strong storm produced very heavy rains, hail and high winds across the region.

The heaviest official rain totals from the June 3 storm were reported in Lamoni, which had 5.65 inches at the airport, and in the Omaha area, said Harry Hillaker, Iowa’s state climatologist. "These were the official totals, but ...

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