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08/29/11 — Irene could cost half of this year's tobacco crop

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Irene could cost half of this year's tobacco crop

By Steve Herring
Published in News on August 29, 2011 1:46 PM

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News-Argus/MICHAEL K. DAKOTA

Tobacco plants whipped by the high winds of Hurricane Irene lie toppled over in a field off Hood Swamp Road. Agricultural officials say as much as half of Wayne County's tobacco crop could be a loss.

Hurricane Irene may have cost Wayne County tobacco farmers more than half of their crop. Initial estimates put the loss at $16 million. Tobacco remains the chief cash field crop in Wayne and most other eastern North Carolina counties. High...

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