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Unplanted Acres in US Surge on Extreme Rain and Drought

  • Total area left barren more than triples from last year
  • Corn hardest hit with more than 3 million acres unplanted
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Acres that US farmers were unable to plant have more than tripled from the same period last year as extreme weather wreaks havoc on fields.

Prevented planting acres -- or insured crops that can’t be planted because of disasters including flooding and drought -- were at 6.4 million, according to the USDA Farm Service Agency’s August report. That’s up from 2.1 million in 2021.