Business Beat: Costly Wind Gusts for Farmers

May 9, 2012

This week: Farmers looking to have a record book corn harvest. Plus, find out how wind gusts can cost farmers a ton of money.

Across the Corn Belt, the planting season is off to a roaring start. And with farmers expected to put in more acres of corn than they have since the Great Depression, this fall’s harvest could be one for the record books.

You might find that wind is an occasional nuisance. For farmers, though, the wind's impact can be huge — drying out crops and eroding topsoil. Gusts big and small also complicate the application of chemicals, and that can be particularly costly.