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Hail storm devastating for area farmers

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By ROB LARSON
Daily Press Staff Writer
Not only was last Sunday’s hail storm larger than usual in scope, it proved to be devastating for many Cottonwood farmers, taking out entire yields of crops in just one night.
“It’s hard to say how much I lost,” farmer Lex Klein said after having the pecans stripped off of roughly 900 of his trees. “This should have been a good year for me because last year was an off year. We’ll never know now. Those trees were looking good not long ago, and now they make it look like we’re in the dead of winter.” … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.
According to Eddy County Agriculture Extension Agent Woods Houghton, the amount of rain and hail that southeast New Mexico saw last Sunday night was variable but roughly between one and two inches. The worst of the storm seemed to have hit the Cottonwood and Lakewood areas.

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