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Iowa Farmers Feeling Derecho Impact During Harvest

Number of lost crops will likely rise as the harvest continues

Iowa's top agriculture official says the number of lost crops will likely rise as the harvest continues.

“If you were looking at an above average crop this year and now you're dealing with a crop insurance claim, that's challenging because you can never be made whole," Iowa Ag Secretary Mike Naig told KWWL.

The latest numbers showing that more than 825,000 crops were lost to that high windstorm. Iowa's latest crop report shows 90% of soybeans and 65% of corn has been harvested.

Secretary Naig says there were talks with members of Congress about how the federal government could aid Iowa farmers. The derecho is now considered one of the costliest storms in the U.S.

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