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Hail, wind cause damage

A deer in the Croes' alfalfa field should have been invisible, but Monday's hail storm knocked the crop down. Corn crops were also heavily damaged.1 / 2
A pile of hail dumped on parts of northern St. Croix County on Monday. Some of the hail was still found unmelted on Tuesday morning. (photo submitted by Jeff Croes)2 / 2

Monday, June 17, was another day when Mother Nature was not kind to the farmer.

A narrow-pathed storm moved through the northern side of St. Croix County creating substantial damage to the corn and alfalfa crops in its path. The storm's path began around County Roads T and H and extended south for approximately three miles, and was only approximately two miles wide.

Hail a bit smaller than a penny pelleted the ground for 30 seconds shredding the corn crops that were just emerging after being planted late due to a long winter and wet spring. Along with the hail, strong winds and an inch of rain fell in the 15-minute span and more or less "steam-rolled" the alfalfa fields at the J&C Croes Farm a mile west of Deer Park, according to owner Jerry Croes.

"I'm hoping that some of the corn crops will still grow, but at this point in time, it is too late to be planting corn in hopes of a grain crop and what does grow back will be used for silage," Croes said.

Also in the storm path two miles south of the Croes farm was the Steve Bethke farm where part of a shed and a tree were blown over in the high winds. The hail and winds seemed to cease after crossing Highway 64, and rain amounts were only .02 of an inch at the Rick and Pat Casey farm a mile south of Highway 64.

Jeff Holmquist
Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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