CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — President Donald Trump visited Iowa on Tuesday as federal and state officials said that much of the state's corn crop that was damaged by a windstorm on Aug. 10 will not be harvested, according to a Reutersreport.

The destruction from the derecho storm compounded troubles for a U.S. agricultural economy already battered by extreme weather, the U.S.-China trade war and disruptions to labor and food consumption from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The storm packed hurricane-force winds that crumpled steel grain storage tanks, flattened cornfields, caused widespread damage in towns and left thousands of residents without power. Crop losses come as China needs to import more corn to meet rising demand to feed livestock.

Iowa, the top U.S. corn-producing state, could fill orders from China and elsewhere with reserves, according to officials.

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