perry stoner Business Beat: Costly Wind Gusts for Farmers By Nick Adams • May 9, 2012 NET News This week: Farmers looking to have a record book corn harvest. Plus, find out how wind gusts can cost farmers a ton of money. Wind gusts costly for farmers NET News For many Midwesterners, 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.