Stephen Pieper, the farmer who leases Smith’s land, is mad because he said Smith hired someone to plow under about $1000,000 worth of Pieper’s corn crop. Smith’s lawyer said in a lawsuit, Pieper was trespassing when he planted the crop and damaged the soil.
“All he wants is his farm,” said Francis R. Laws, Smith’s attorney. “He wants to enjoy the use of the property that he bought.”
Pieper, 62, said that in more than 30 years of farming from about 50 landlords, farms have been developed and changed hands, but he has never seen a crop destroyed.
“This is devastating to me,” Pieper said after watching the crop fall on July 20, when he tried to head off the tractor hired by Smith. “This crop would have been harvested in 75 days. It’s sickening.” Read more