NICOLLET COUNTY - Monday night's hail storm hit much of Nicollet County, according to University of Minnesota Agriculture Production Systems Educator Christian Lillienthal.
"Most producers will see some level of hail damage," Lillienthal added. "There was 100 percent crop loss in some areas around Lafayette and near the Rush River, along the Nicollet and Sibley County line."
Lillienthal said the hail shredded corn stalks and knocked leaves off some trees.
Staff photo by Fritz Busch
Hail and high winds damaged this corn field several miles south of Lafayette, near Highway 15 Monday night.
An emergency meeting featuring University of Minnesota state corn and soybean specialists, a Sibley County crop specialist, and Lillienthal begins at 2 p.m. Thursday, in the Lafayette Community Center.
After the meeting in Lafayette, the public is invited to further discuss the hail storm at the nearby United Farmers Co-op (UFC) test plot that suffered hail damage.
Lillienthal said .85 of an inch of rain was measured in Arlington. Other sites reported 1/4 to 1/2 of an inch of rain.
South Central College Agriculture Instructor Wayne Schoper said significant hail damage was reported near Redwood Falls, Morgan, Franklin, Fairfax and Lafayette. An empty grain bin blew off its foundation in Eden Township, northwest of Sleepy Eye.