Farmer Takes Financial Hit After Crops Destroyed By Tornado
HOMER, Ill. (WCCU) —
Multiple acres of corn and soy bean fields in the path of the tornado near Homer were destroyed Friday.
One farmer in Homer is looking at a $90,000 loss in this year's harvest.
Mike Hastings said it took all summer for his crops to grow and now, two weeks before harvest, nearly 65 acres of crops are gone.
Hastings tells Fox Illinois this is a gross loss of about $60,000.
With a $28,000 put in for man power and machinery, he’s looking at a grand total loss of $90,000.
Hastings said it’s a tough time for him and his family.
"Next morning I went down and took a look, expecting to see some damage, but I had no idea how much it was going to be,” Hastings said. “You know, it’s disheartening to see the loss of crop and what a good harvest it was going to be… But there's always that risk."
Hastings said now they will focus on cleaning up the debris that's scattered across the fields.
He said the damaged crops are no longer harvestable.
Hastings is hoping his insurance will be able to cover some damage, but as of right now, he said it’s not looking to be in his favor.