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Severe weekend storms hurt crops in western ND

NEW TOWN, N.D. (AP) -- Severe storms that hit North Dakota over the Fourth of July holiday weekend took a toll on farms and crops, with widespread damage reported in the west.

Mountrail County Extension Agent Jim Hennessey says hail took out sunflower, soybean, corn and barley fields in a swath near New Town that might be 10 miles wide.

Farmer Scott Ruland says his barley field was waist high a few days ago, and now it's beaten into the ground.

Heavy damage to crops and farm buildings also was reported in Mercer and Morton counties.  Strong winds damaged several buildings at the Roger and Eunice Bueligen farm near New Salem, and moved a horse trailer about 30 yards. The winds also damaged grain bins in Hazen.