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Florence Floods Crop Fields, Washing Away Tobacco and Cotton

  • Ratings for North Carolina cotton, corn, soy fall, USDA says
  • Too early for damage estimates as water has yet to recede
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Cotton Adds Hurricane Florence Crop Losses to China Trade Woes
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The record-setting, still-rising floods unleashed across North Carolina by deadly Hurricane Florence are soaking crops after the storm wreaked havoc on cotton and tobacco.

The number of cotton fields rated in good or excellent condition fell by 14 percentage points to 48 percent as of Sunday from a week earlier, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a report Monday. Conditions also declined for corn and soybeans, and agriculture officials in the state cited damage from wind and rains to tobacco plants.