DES MOINES, Iowa- More Iowa crops were damaged by Monday's severe weather than first thought.
Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig says the number of acres damaged is around 14-million, up from an initial estimate of 10 million.
The estimate includes 8.2 million acres of corn and 5.6 million acres of soybeans.
Officials say farm land in 36 Iowa counties were hardest hit, and within those counties the storm had the greatest impact on 3.5 million acres of corn and 2.5 million acres of soybeans.
The USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) reports 57 counties in Iowa were in the path of the storm.
“I’ve been touring some of the hardest-hit parts of the state this week to speak with farmers and agribusinesses that were impacted by the derecho,” said Secretary Naig. “These farmers put significant resources into this crop and were planning for strong yields. Now their crops have been damaged — some destroyed — and the state has lost tens of millions of bushels of grain storage just a few weeks before harvest begins. This is a devastating blow to the agricultural community that is still recovering from the pandemic.”
Iowans who were impacted by the storm can call the Iowa Concern Hotline at 1-800-447-1985 to get free, confidential emotional support, 24/7.