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SJ News Online - St. John, KS
  • Crops around St. John suffer damage from Tuesday's storms

  • Farmers around St. John suffered some serious losses to crops in Tuesday nights hail storm.


    Russ Devore, Devore Farms, looked at a field of marked up watermelons and pumpkins Wednesday morning.


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  • Farmers around St. John suffered some serious losses to crops in Tuesday nights hail storm.
    Russ Devore, Devore Farms, looked at a field of marked up watermelons and pumpkins Wednesday morning.
    “I think it’s a total loss,” he said. “It’s marked up everyone of them. Dillons doesn’t take stuff like that.”
    Devore sells all their vine crops to the major grocery store chain. Devore said they will just disc up the crop and plant the ground to rye.
    Devore farm is located on NW 50 Avenue (Eden Valley Road) and NW 80 Street, a few miles north of Eden Valley Church.
    Soybean fields around the area also took a hit from the storm. Fields near the intersection of highways 281 and 50 showed signs of stress from the hail.
    Most of the irrigated fields had a nice looking crop prior to Tuesday’s storm, but on Wednesday morning many of the plants were stripped of their leaves. The bean pods remained on most of the plants.
    While the hail in the storm damaged some of the area crops, it also brought much needed rain to the county. Estimates ranged from .085 to as much as an inch in some areas from the two storm fronts that passed through Stafford County late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.
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