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Hail Damages Thousands of Acres of Crops in Minnesota

Some destroyed fields are too late to replant

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The Star Tribune reported that a hailstorm ripped through southwest Minnesota last week, leaving thousands of acres of corn and soybeans damaged or destroyed — in many cases too late in the season for farmers to replant their crops.

“We had a corn and bean field down to dirt again,” said George Sill, a farmer southwest of Madelia. “You couldn’t hardly tell it had been planted there.”

Sill said 150 acres of soybeans and 90 acres of corn were leveled by the storm, and another 200 acres of crops damaged to varying degrees. Three tornadoes touched down in the storm, which hit on June 20, but no injuries were reported.

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