Tornadoes Scatter Debris Through Iowa Fields

Damaged equipment sits in a field on 110th Street between Pierson and Quimby, Iowa, on Saturday, the day after a tornado tore through the area. Residents across the region awoke Saturday to find widespread storm damage. (SIOUX CITY JOURNAL)


By Aaron Hepker

MOVILLE, Iowa (AP) — If harvest time isn't busy enough, tornadoes that hit northwest Iowa last week have left some farmers with the extra task of removing debris from fields that could damage combines.

The Sioux City Journal reports farmers like Lane and Kathy Tabke must retrieve countless items.

The couple, who farm near Moville, say a Friday night tornado blew parts of three grain bins, a stove, fuel tank, auger and a livestock trailer into a nearby soybean field.

On Wednesday, up to 100 volunteers will walk through the field, picking up bits of wood and metal.

Although cleaning mature soybean fields is difficult, picking out boards, nails and other items from tightly packed cornfields will be even harder.

The severe weather also damaged some crops just as farmers planned to harvest.

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