10 Million acres of crop GONE in Iowa
By: Charissa Rubey – CEO Dakota Micro
We never know when a storm is coming our way, and when it does, it can feel like your battling the waves alone and unprepared. All that self-concern and worrying can come to a sweeping halt when you hear about a real storm, a storm called a derecho, that is so catastrophic it utilizes a term so foreign you have to look it up, and when you do, you realize that your concerns need to include those outside of your sphere.
This past week, Iowa got hit with one of those storms, and it took out a staggering 10 Million (yes Million with an M) acres of crops. To illustrate the magnitude of this, there are only 25 Million acres of cropland in Iowa. Storm winds reached upwards of 112 miles per hour and took out everything in its path, homes, grain storage, churches, trees, barns, everything gone in the blink of an eye. I have had to walk out into a storm damaged field, and it is a staggering loss, especially this late in the year. I can only imagine how devastating this is for Iowa. This is not just a few acres, for many farmers this is ALL their acres, and their grain bins and their homes. This loss is unbelievably massive in its scope and proportion.
My full heart goes out to Iowa, and we as a country need to focus on things other than COVID and Riots and other negative news threads. We need to focus on what we can do to help an entire state that has been devastated, its core financial infrastructure destroyed. I do not know what I am going to do myself, but I am going to reach out in any way I can and offer what I must give.
Just because this is not the news story the media wants to deliver right now, does not mean that it is not the one people should be paying attention to.