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Published June 08, 2012, 07:23 PM

Heavy hail damages crops near Prosper

Prosper, ND (WDAY TV) - They were happy to see the rain, but some farmers in rural Cass County could have done without the hail. Near Prosper, North Dakota today the gravel roads were busy with traffic as growers inspected fields trashed by large hail overnight.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Prosper, ND (WDAY TV) - They were happy to see the rain, but some farmers in rural Cass County could have done without the hail. Near Prosper, North Dakota today the gravel roads were busy with traffic as growers inspected fields trashed by large hail overnight.

Just north of Prosper, corn fields stripped and shredded and soybean plants peppered with hail - flattened. While grain fields looked like they escaped the heavy artillery at first glance, closer inspection revealed broken stalks.

Dale Rust – Prosper Farmer: “I am a couple of miles away and we got hail there not enough to hurt. So then we made the drive over here and we saw the steam coming up, so we knew we had hail.”

Longtime farmer Dale Rust has 160 acres of corn and 75 of Soybeans in this area north of Prosper.

Dale Rust: “A quarter of corn here that’s going to be totaled, across the road 75 of soy beans that will be totaled and then we have a field just south of here that has damage.”

The storm dropped some tree limbs, ripped some shingles off and left a two square miles swath of damage to fields beginning to flourish.

Adam Spelhaug – Peterson Farms Seed: “One guys said walnut/softball size and from the pictures last night it was probably that size. To do this much damage it would have to be about that big.”

The good news is that it's early; the bad news is there's a lot of summer left and the storm season is just getting underway.

Dale Rust: “I’m glad we got the rain, but the hail we could do without.”

Crop experts say it is still early enough to replant some of the damaged bean and corn fields. It is hoped some of the fields with moderate damage can bounce back.

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