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07/13/10 — Crops in critical need of rain

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Crops in critical need of rain

By Catharin Shepard
Published in News on July 13, 2010 1:46 PM

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Wayne County Cooperative Extension Agriculture Agent Kevin Johnson examines the corn on Mike Williams' farm south of Goldsboro. The crop has passed its critical tasseling stage without enough water to ensure a good yield, he said. Much of the corn crop in Wayne and surrounding counties has suffered from a combination of extreme heat and little rain.

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An irrigation system sprays David Vinson's tobacco patch Monday afternoon on St. John's Church Road in southeastern Wayne County.

Abnormally dry conditions have returned to Wayne County and much of North Carolina and it is taking a heavy toll on crop production. Wayne is one of 62 counties experiencing an abnormally dry period, according to the North Carolina Drought...

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