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Unwelcome winds whip through Phillips County PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kyle Arnoldy   

While wind can be a common inconvenience and annoyance to anyone, to farmers, wind— especially the recent whipping winds—can be especially detrimental to agriculture operations.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service recorded winds as strong as 67 miles per hour in Holyoke at the intersection of West Johnson Street and South Wynona Avenue Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Advantages of wind are minuscule at best, with detriments including damages to crops and rendering equipment useless.

A breeze may help dry wet ground and allow farmers to get into the field a bit sooner to get something planted. However, the gusty winds that have stormed through Phillips County offer no real benefits.

NRCS soil conservationist Tim Becker noted that the most damaging aspect of the wind to farmers is the loss of topsoil. The top four inches of the soil is the most valuable with the majority of the organic matter in the top couple of inches.

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Winds were so strong Tuesday, Feb. 18 that the siding on the south side of the roof over the gas pumps at CHS Grainland Ampride was severely damaged.  

—Enterprise photo

Holyoke Enterprise February 27, 2014