[Market-farming] Surviving the June 29 Derecho

Bill & Izabella pureprairiefarm at gmail.com
Tue Jul 17 17:17:36 EDT 2012

On Sun, Jul 15, 2012 at 7:10 AM, Shoemaker, William H <wshoemak at illinois.edu
> wrote:

>  It started not far from here in West Chicago, which is about 40 miles
> straight west of the big city. It is an old town with lots of very old oak
> trees. Many of them were blown down by the winds, which were estimated at
> 90 mph at times. I know of no growers who were impacted, but the power was
> off for some folks for a week (and it got very hot!), and major highways
> were so littered with debris it took more than 48 hours to get some of them
> opened up.

We are in West Chicago, Bill.

The plants in our outdoor beds were laying flat and the hail damage looked
like someone went thru the beds with a machine gun.  We didn't lose any
houses with this storm but the plastic coverings are dimpled like a golf

The real damage happened one mile to the East.

There was a 50mph wind that went thru two days prior to this storm and one
of our houses was lifted 10' in the air and gently set down and crumpled.

This heat is taking a toll and we are mulching and watering to try to help
the plants get thru it.

The other Bill,
Chicago area

ps; did your industry friends spike the punch bowl at your retirement
party?  Sorry I couldn't make it, I had a speaking engagement.

(Part of Bill's research involved wine grape cultivars and was partly
by the Illinois Wine Grape Growers Assn.  So, someday in the future, if your
winery friends are ripping out their vines and replacing them with a
new cold hardy high brix cultivar called the William H Shoemaker then, well,
you heard it here first! )
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