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Farmer's Crops Devastated After Storms And High Winds

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Farmers said they were looking forward to good yields of crops this year, but yesterday storms and high winds devastated much of those high hopes.

"You've got to roll with the punches and take what mother nature gives you," said farmer Tom Mueller.

He has been farming in Taylor Ridge, Illinois for 42 years.

Today he's assessing damage of his acres of flattened corn fields.

"It grows tall very quickly and until it can get more brace roots out to help hold it, it's vulnerable to high winds and that's what we got last night," said Mueller.

He said he's lost about 25% of his corn crop, just in the last day.

"We needed the water, but we didn't need the wind," said Mueller.

He said some of the corn could come back, but it'll be difficult to harvest.

"It won't straighten up completely, they'll have what we call goose neck," said Mueller. "They'll have a crook in the stalk."

And for the corn that's laying on the ground, the stalks are tangled together making it even more difficult to bounce back up.

"Time will tell, but I'm not giving it much hope," said Mueller.

He said it's been almost decade since he saw wind damage like this. Damage that comes at a critical time.

"Within the next couple of weeks the corn is going to be trying to pollinate," said Mueller. "If the tassels are all laid over, it won't be good. The pollen won't be able to get on the ears."

Now he'll have to wait and see to find out how much of his corn will recover.

"Something like this comes, you just kind of got to roll with the punches," said Mueller.

The Farm Bureau said there have been some preliminary claims for crop loss from yesterday's storm. They say it will take time to determine just how much was lost.

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