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The Big White Forage Chopper

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Clodbuster

07-09-2014 22:59:17
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Some photos of tonight's hail in south central NE.

Just caught the edge of one of my farms.

Large area was pretty much totaled out.

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Wheatfarmer

07-10-2014 10:44:50
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 Re: The Big White Forage Chopper in reply to Clodbuster, 07-09-2014 22:59:17  
Totally understand what you are going through. Hope you can get something out of what is left.



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Clodbuster

07-10-2014 10:32:42
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 Re: The Big White Forage Chopper in reply to Clodbuster, 07-09-2014 22:59:17  
I do carry hail insurance as I live in an area that sees hail often enough that it sure stays in your memory! Statistically, if you have deep enough pockets to endure a year with no income, then it is cheaper over the long run not to buy hail insurance and "self-insure" but sometimes you may be hailed out in the following year, too. Most farmers around me buy hail and wind insurance but there are some that don't.

At the stage this corn was in, with the tassel ready to pollinate this week, this corn is toast. We have had corn really stumped up when it was knee high and even though the field was totaled out with insurance, it made about 150 BPA. We had to harvest at low 30s for moisture and dry it as the bruised stalks were falling over and the corn was sprouting in the ears.

There may be some that try to green chop some corn but you can not touch it until it has been adjusted by the insurance agent and they are running behind this year. I actually just had my fields inspected and adjusted earlier on this day from two storms that came when the corn was knee high.....

From the news reports and people I have talked to, this bad hail covered an area about 60 miles by 20 miles.

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Eldon (WA)

07-10-2014 08:06:25
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 Re: The Big White Forage Chopper in reply to Clodbuster, 07-09-2014 22:59:17  
Hope you all had insurance!



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donjr

07-10-2014 07:56:34
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 Re: The Big White Forage Chopper in reply to Clodbuster, 07-09-2014 22:59:17  
An old friend had his corn chewed up like that one year by hail. It even looked like someone stood back and peppered the side of his home with buckshot that year. When we chopped it later in the year, though, it was some of the best silage he ever chopped.....



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ryanwheelock

07-10-2014 06:32:02
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 Re: The Big White Forage Chopper in reply to Clodbuster, 07-09-2014 22:59:17  
Wow!!



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John A.

07-10-2014 06:20:25
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 Re: The Big White Forage Chopper in reply to Clodbuster, 07-09-2014 22:59:17  
Clodbuster, I have seen that before too, Makes Me sick to see it. My heart goes out to you. But in the same breath, ....I was thinking..........
If you hadn't sprayed it with anything radical in the last 30 days or so You might salvage it partially, By Dragging out your old Corn chopper and Ensilage truck or Running Gear with an old A-Box and go to feeding Green Chops to your yearlings / Summer Cattle out on grass just so you don't have to simply plow it all under! just a thought. Hope this helps. You will figure out something!
Later,
John A.

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DeltaRed

07-10-2014 05:59:43
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 Re: The Big White Forage Chopper in reply to Clodbuster, 07-09-2014 22:59:17  
So Sad.... :(



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SD Pete

07-10-2014 05:49:15
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 Re: The Big White Forage Chopper in reply to Clodbuster, 07-09-2014 22:59:17  
That is a sickening sight.



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Tom Schnitzler

07-10-2014 05:48:00
166.182.3.24



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 Re: The Big White Forage Chopper in reply to Clodbuster, 07-09-2014 22:59:17  
That is very devastating to see! You said it hit part of yours not all, that is a good thing. A man puts in all that time and money to make a crop just to have it ripped to shreds in no time at all. Hope you come out ok with everything.
Tom



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Alan K

07-10-2014 07:18:52
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 Re: The Big White Forage Chopper in reply to Tom Schnitzler, 07-10-2014 05:48:00  
I agree. I remember people years ago that didn't quite understand what farming was and said the farmers are always complaining about the rain, too little / too much. I thought well, lets put a sprinkler in your garden and over water it and see what happens, or not allow you to water your garden at all.



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