One thing that can be said about our field day was that it blew in and left in a similar fashion! The PFI (Practical Farmers of Iowa) field day that we hosted at our farm on Aug. 18 was a winner, in terms of planning. We lined up speakers from Iowa State who are doing research on our farm and Todd Churchill from Thousand Hills Cattle Company came to talk about grass fed beef. The event started at 2 p.m. and the noon news that day said to anticipate stormy weather between midnight and 2 a.m. Well, they were way off, because it came about a third of the way into field day! Heavy winds, noisy thunder and pea sized hail came about 3:30 p.m. We were able to move our 55 guests into the shop in time before the rain started.
Discussion continued during the storm. Then, we were notified that a sizable portion of our neighbor’s farmstead was destroyed. These folks are just a quarter mile south of us, our next door neighbors. Grain bins, sheds, trees, outbuildings, machinery, all gone. They lost their grain bins in a wicked storm just four years ago! And here’s the irony, our feed shed and barn is located about 150 feet from their farm and we had no destruction!
But then, about 90-minutes later, the golf ball sized hail came. It lasted about three minutes and did a number on our crops. UGH!
But, when all is said and done, we’re so grateful to have our field day attendees all safe and sound. We are convinced it would have been a tragedy with injuries and fatalities had it been OUR shed that was destroyed!