Damaged Field Corn

Last Saturday, a large storm went through our area with high winds in excess of 70 miles per hour. South of us, there was a lot of damage to trees, buildings, field crops, and grain bins. Luckily, we were on the north edge of the storm, and the only damage we had was to our field corn.  At first glance in this picture, the corn looks fine,

but when you look closer, you can see that a lot of the corn plants were snapped in two.

They won’t come back from this, so it’s a loss. In this field, Harland figured that about 25% of the plants were snapped.  This will impact our corn income for this year.

Also, some of the corn was also bent over by the wind, but not broken.

That corn will straighten itself out in time and should be ok.

It’s a hard thing to see damage after a storm, and I couldn’t even bring myself to take pics of it for a couple days. But farming is working with the land and the weather, and a person has to grow thick skin to accept what comes. We also feel fortunate that we were on the edge of the storm, as the damage could have been much worse.


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14 comments to Damaged Field Corn

  • Bless your heart. Several years ago I had planted corn in my personal garden and I lost ALL of it when a storm came through….the wind had just leveled it. I stood in the garden and wept.

    • Suzanne

      Hi Gena,
      So sorry to hear about your corn. And it happens so fast doesn’t it? The amout of time that we had the high winds was only about 10 minutes or less. We stood at the window and just watched- helpless bystanders.
      Thanks Gena,

  • Thinking of you! I know it just must rip your heart out. We were devastated about the wind damage on our corn in our little garden! ((HUGS))

  • Farming takes a lot of faith.
    And, diversification to survive when one crop goes down.
    May your wheat harvest be even more exceptional this year. And, I’ll be those calves are growing!

    • Suzanne

      Hello Gardener,
      Faith is required for farming. Don’t know how it could be done otherwise. Thank you for the good wishes- the calves are looking good, and the wheat is good so far.
      Take care,

  • Sorry to hear about the corn. It’s always such a gamble to farm. Hopefully, you won’t get any more storms coming through, just nice gentle rain. Of course, I write that as we have more severe storms moving our way.

    • Suzanne

      Hello Teresa,
      This week’s forecast looks dry, so no storms on the horizon. Should get the wheat harvested and the hay baled hopefully.
      Thank you!

  • oh, that is heartbreaking! i would have been so upset too! especially since that is part of your income! it is a frustrating thing dealing with mother nature! sorry to see that that happened to your crop!

    • Suzanne

      Hi Bonnie,
      The leaning corn is coming back up, so it looks a lot better now. The snapped corn is a goner, but that’s the way it goes.
      Thank you!

  • Oh no! I don’t know if I could ever farm, I’d be worried pretty much all summer long. We were supposed to have corn this year around us, but it rained so much there was not enough time. We ended up with beans again.

    • Suzanne

      Hi Lana,
      Sometimes I think about what it would be like not to be in farming, but then there is risk is all occupations, and we have more freedom than some, so it’s not so bad.
      I think a lot of farmers in different parts of the midwest had to go with beans this year because it was too rainy when it was time to plant the corn.
      Take care,

  • Glyndalyn

    We live in a tiny farming community in TN. Seeing your corn was very sad. We do not farm but keep a large garden. Damage from severe storms is terrible.

    • Suzanne

      Hi Glyndalyn,
      Storms are certainly a leveler, both literally to the crops, and also to our pride. Makes a person humble.
      Thank you for stopping,

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