Published Sep 9, 2020

Vegetable Farmers After the Derecho – Donna Warhover

By Jason Tetrick


Many Iowans have seen images of crumpled grain bins and vast corn fields flattened by the powerful derecho that struck Iowa on Aug. 10. But vegetable farmers were just as devastated by the storm, as its powerful winds – equal in places to a Category 1 or Category 2 hurricane – pummeled high tunnels, shredded high-value specialty crops and damaged critical farm infrastructure, like packing sheds and walk-in coolers.

Donna Warhover of Morning Glory Farm near Mount Vernon, Iowa shares her story of the derecho impacting her farm. Donna explains how one of her high tunnels took off, leaving a scar in the neighboring soybean field.