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Grain Silos, Chicken Hatchery Destroyed by Deadly Tornadoes

Mayfield Grain Co. had roofs pulled off part of a storage system that holds 6 million bushels of grain


A Deere & Co. dealership and a Pilgrim's Pride chicken hatchery were destroyed when deadly tornadoes swept through Kentucky on Friday, while silos holding millions of bushels of corn suffered damage, the state's agriculture commissioner said on Monday.

At least 64 people, including six children, lost their lives in Kentucky after a raft of tornadoes tore through six states.

According to a Reuters report, the destruction in the Midwest could further raise already high chicken prices and add to supply-chain headaches that have made it difficult for farmers to replace tractor parts.

A Pilgrim's Pride hatchery in Mayfield, KY, that supplied chickens to local farmers was wiped out.

Mayfield Grain Co., a grain handler, had roofs pulled off of parts of a storage system that holds 6 million bushels of grain in Mayfield. That's enough corn to fill two Panamax vessels -- each ship the length of two football fields.

Photos on Twitter showed yellow corn visible from the tops of bins that lost their roofs. The company had no immediate comment.

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