How much did the derecho damage Iowa agriculture?
“The USDA said the storm affected 8.18 million acres of corn and 5.64 million acres of soybeans in Iowa, according to the Iowa Soybean Association. The state agriculture department on Tuesday estimated a total of 10 million acres may have been impacted.”
How much damage did the derecho cause?
It resulted in a total of 22 deaths, millions of power outages across the entire affected region, and a damage total of US$2.9 billion which exceeded that of all but the August 2020 Midwest derecho (estimated US$11 billion) and the top 45 Atlantic tropical cyclones.
What happened to Iowa corn fields?
Now, much of their corn fields are destroyed and several buildings on their property are gone, including grain bins. Dircks said damage to buildings is in the hundreds of thousands. With grain bins gone, and as harvest approaches, storage is a concern. “So many of the grain bins in the area are ruined and unuseable.
Did Iowa have a derecho?
NOAA estimates the derecho caused over $11 billion in damage across the Midwest. In Iowa alone, the storm caused widespread power outages and damaged or downed over 7 million trees, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
How many acres derecho destroyed?
The number of crop acres that Iowa farmers are unable to harvest after the devastating August derecho has grown to 850,000, a new U.S. Department of Agriculture report showed Friday. That’s a more than 50% increase from September, when the USDA had set the estimated loss to the Aug. 10 derecho at 550,000 acres.
How many people have died from derecho?
Packing gusts as high as 91 mph near Fort Wayne, Ind., and 79 mph at Reston, Va., the derecho and related severe weather inflicted $3.3 billion in damage (in 2020 dollars) and led to at least 42 direct and indirect deaths, with power knocked out to more than 4 million customers.
Did the derecho hit Iowa City?
In addition, severe wind gusts in the Iowa City area lasted at least 20 minutes, a condition that was repeated in many areas of eastern Iowa during the August 10 derecho. The storms turned further southeast as they crossed the Mississippi River, continuing to produce severe winds as far as northern Kentucky.
Which crop was harvested from the most acres?
Update: In July, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) collected updated information on 2019 acres planted to corn, cotton, sorghum, and soybeans in 14 states.
What destroyed the crops in Iowa?
The derecho and drought that hammered Iowa last year destroyed $802 million in corn, soybeans and pastures, a new report shows, with farmers absorbing nearly one-third of the losses.