North Carolina Shows Heavy Drought Loss

The continued dry weather has hurt most North Carolina crops in 2007. A state report indicates the drought has cost farmers more than 500 million dollars thus far. The hardest hit crop has been soy beans with an estimated loss of 130 million dollars. Even Christmas trees took at 3 million dollar hit from the drought. The drought has also endangered the state's 800,000 cattle because there hasn't been enough rain to grow hay this summer. This past weekend's rain did little to make a dent in the overall drought conditions in the area. Through today the WITN-TV Weather Station has received 32.10 inches of rainfall in 2007 which is
over 16 inches below normal for the year. The next chance for significant rainfall is not likely until at least Sunday.


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