Within 30 minutes, 40% of Iowa’s 31 million crop fields were left almost pushed to the ground on Aug. 10 when a powerful windstorm flew through the state, called a “derecho”.
They determined the damage to be equivalent to a class 4 hurricane. This left very little area for profit for farmers.
Economists believe farmers’ insurance will not cover the damage inflicted by the windstorm. Most insurance for farmers does not cover flooding but state they do cover wind damage. Governor Kim Reynolds had to request over 3 million from the government for recovery efforts, yet economists claim that the agricultural industry would not get back to normal before the year’s end.