McLean County Farm Bureau

Two Western Illinois University professors and their students helped shape how insurance adjusters determine crop damage from hailstorms.

But in the 1960s and ’70s, they didn’t work with computer models, they broke up huge chunks of ice and hurled the pieces into test plots, along with snipping some of the corn plants to chart how yields were affected. The research helped create more accurate hail damage tables for the crop insurance industry — tables that are still used today. READ MORE