While US Drought Kills Western Crops, Rains Kill Southern Ones reports Kim Severson at the New York Times. Commercial row crops (think tomatoes), fruit and peanuts that need hot sun aren’t getting it – and that means shortages on US shelves. While the lower 48 States are averaging about only 6 percent above normal rainfall this year, Southern states are swamped. Through June, Georgia was 34 percent above normal, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center. Both South Carolina and North Carolina were about 25 percent above normal. Alabama’s rainfall was up 22 percent. Some cornfields look like rice paddies in parts of the South. Mold is growing on ears of corn. Late blight, a funguslike pathogen, is creeping into tomato fields early and with unusual vigor. The weather is a particular shock because more than two-thirds of the region was abnormally dry or suffering a drought last year. Although the total cost to farmers has yet to be tallied, agricultural officials in several states in the Deep South predict severe losses this year that could be in the billions of dollars.
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