Crops in many parts of Barton and Ellsworth counties couldn't look worse after Wednesday's storms. Dennis Boxberger says just a few days ago his wheat in northwest Barton County was looking good. "About waste high. Now it's less than knee high."
Three inches of rain and golf-ball sized hail took what should have been 40 to 50 bushels per acre, down to zero. "It makes you sick. The way the price and stuff is. The fuel and fertilizer. You wait all year and then get something like this," Boxberger said.
For many farmers in the area, it's a repeat of what happened last year. Boxberger says he was hoping this year would be different, but the weather has just been too much. "Every night they predict severe warnings. I mean, it isn't once a week or once a month, it's almost everyday."
Many farmers in Barton County say they have crop and hail insurance but it's not enough to cover all the loss.